January 6, 2017
Human Resources & Recruiting
What Does a Day in the Life of a Recruiter Look Like?
Recruiting is an exciting career that offers recruiters the chance to make an impact at the companies they work for by identifying and hiring talented candidates. If you’re thinking of becoming a recruiter, you might be wondering what a day in the life of a recruiter looks like. Are you likely to spend most of your time interviewing candidates or reviewing resumes? The answer is both, with a few other tasks mixed in.
Here’s what a day in the life of a recruiter looks like.
Searching for candidates and reviewing resumes
When it comes to filling open positions, the first step is to find qualified candidates. This is usually done in two different ways: 1) By posting job listings on platforms such as WayUp, outlining key information about each position and giving candidates a chance to apply for the role 2) By sourcing candidates through a combination of online searches and outreach to professional contacts. Once job listings have been posted and outreach is underway, recruiters are responsible for monitoring applications and reviewing resumes as they come in to identify candidates that might be a good fit for the position.
Evaluating and screening candidates
After identifying the strongest applicants, recruiters will do an initial phone screening to find out more about the candidates and to decide whether to bring them in for in-person interviews. These screenings usually focus on three different things: The candidate’s experience, their interests and their ability to fit in with the workplace culture. Once a recruiter has a better sense of who the candidate is and what they can bring to the table, they will proceed to set up interviews for candidates who fit the requirements for the position.
One of the more challenging parts of a recruiter’s role is coordinating interviews. This involves finding interview times that work for both the interviewers and the interviewee and ensuring that everyone has all the information they need before the interview takes place. The reason this is challenging is because schedules change frequently (especially as unexpected things come up) and recruiters have to keep pace with these rapid changes while ensuring that the interview process goes smoothly for everyone involved.
Following up with candidates after their interviews
The last part of a recruiter’s day is also often the most satisfying since it involves giving good news to successful candidates and possibly extending job offers. This part of the job also involves convincing top candidates of the benefits of the role and letting unsuccessful candidates know that they will not be advancing to the next stage of the process.
Being a recruiter is a great opportunity to connect with others while helping companies reach their employment goals. By having a clear idea of what to expect from the role, you’ll be able to set yourself up for success and land the job you want.