What does a Recruiter Actually do?

There are a lot of recruiters out there that unfortunately give the industry a bad name so I wanted to pull the curtain back and give you a sneak peak in the day of a recruiter. The truth is, every single day is different – it truly keeps you on your toes! There are a lot of different types of recruiters and each have their own different strengths and weaknesses.

A recruiter is someone who finds qualified, committed and invested candidates for a job vacancy, and works to meet the demands of both the employer and the employee. Each applicant is screened to see if they meet the requirements for the role. The recruiter will review the applicant's credentials, and evaluate them based on their professional presence, their punctuality, interviewing skills, and other determining factors. Overall the role of a recruiter or headhunter is to manage all aspects of the full cycle recruitment process from entry-level to senior roles. A recruiter can be the job seeker's eyes, ears, and advocate in the job market. They often have knowledge of opportunities that may not yet be advertised and can help the candidate by being an advisor during the job searching process.

To give you a better understanding of recruitment, we’ve outlined the key components of the role. Here’s a breakdown of what recruiters do:

1. Understand a company’s recruitment needs

Being able to match a candidate with a position begins with understanding a company’s hiring needs. Depending on the company, these needs can be either broad (hiring for a range of different roles across the company) or specific (building out one particular team). At Cactus Recruit we find the best way to understand those needs is by having a sense of the company’s mission and its projected growth. This helps recruiters prioritise the roles that need to be filled and work with management to create hiring goals for the company.

2. Identify talented candidates to fill open positions

Once a recruiter has a solid understanding of the positions that need to be filled and the company culture it’s time to look for candidates to fill those positions. This involves posting job opportunities on platforms such as Jobsite, Reed, CV Library, researching candidates through these platforms, LinkedIn Recruiter, headhunting directly from competitors and tapping into a network of existing contacts. After talented candidates have been identified, recruiters will discuss the role with them and find out more information their skills, experience and career goals in order to determine if they’re a good match for the positions. If they are, they will be brought in for an interview to meet with members of the team.

3. Organise the interview process

At Cactus Recruit we train our clients on their interview techniques, often sitting in on interviews to ensure both candidates and clients get the most out of the interview process. Depending on the client the interview process varies, from telephone, F2F and more recently Zoom calls. Since hiring decisions often involve several key players (including the potential employee’s manager and other members of their team), setting up interviews usually involves a lot of planning. This includes finding interview times that work for everyone, coordinating logistical details such as interview locations and ensuring that both interviewers and candidates are prepared for the interviews. In addition to setting up interviews, recruiters set up systems for collecting and processing feedback so that they know where candidates stand following their interviews.

4. Following up

The final and most important component of a recruiter’s role is following up with the clients to get candidate feedback and then letting the candidates know the outcome of their interviews and the status of their application.

As a recruiter, making a call to a candidate to offer them a job is without question the best part of my day. It would be wonderful to make that call all day long, to each and every candidate I meet. Unfortunately, I also have to make the other calls, speaking to candidates when the news is, "you're not qualified" or "sorry, they chose another candidate."

5. In Summery

From understanding a company’s hiring goals to finding great candidates to fill those positions, recruiters play an important role in a company’s growth. There is a real sense of achievement when someone is appointed to a hard to fill post, or when you see your vacancy rate reduce! Knowing that the work we do really does make a difference to somebody's life is our main motivator.

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