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Five Common Mistakes Most Seasoned Recruiters Make


As far as recruiters are concerned, there’s generally nothing more important than experience. If a candidate has plenty of experience, they immediately stand head and shoulders above their counterparts. Unsurprisingly therefore, when a recruiter personally has an extensive amount of experience, they will instinctively believe that they themselves are pretty faultless when it comes to what they do.

Unfortunately, even the most experienced and seasoned recruiters working today are guilty of making quite a few common mistakes. Not only common mistakes, but the kinds of mistakes that could prove costly and detrimentally impact the recruitment process. It’s something of a bitter pill to swallow, but it’s perfectly possible for long-term experience and confidence to lead professional recruiters in the wrong direction.

Complacency

For example, there comes a time after reviewing tens of thousands of CVs and sitting through thousands of interviews that the whole process become somewhat prefabricated and mundane. When this happens, it becomes very difficult not to somewhat lose interest in the basics of the hiring process and become somewhat complacent. You’ve read the same statements, heard the same answers and been told the same things a thousand times before, which makes it tricky to in any way hear or digest them right now. Suffice to say, this technically goes against everything the effective recruiter should be doing.

Taking On Too Much

There are so many different tasks and responsibilities involved in the recruitment process that it is inevitable that some will take on far more than they can handle. This is especially true of those with plenty of experience and practice, for whom multi-tasking is an essential part of the job. However, when a recruiter overestimates their own abilities and capacity, the process inherently suffers as a result. Some are naturally hesitant to seek assistance or to consider involving third-parties, but there comes a time and a place when doing so is inevitable.

Interview Interruptions

When you have heard the same answers time and time again, it can be difficult to resist the urge to interrupt candidates in the middle of their spiel and push them/change the questions you’re asking. Unfortunately, in doing so you will inherently deny yourself the opportunity to find out what exactly it was they were going to say next, which could’ve been something surprising and impressive. Even if you are 100% confident that you know what the candidate is going to say next and indeed you are correct in your assumptions, it is still counterproductive to interrupt routinely without allowing candidates to finish their sentences/answers.

Too Much Routine

A quick point but an important point nonetheless, any part of the recruitment process that becomes robotic is an ineffective part of the process. There may be certain set questions that must be asked to each candidate, but at the same time each and every interview should technically be 100% unique. Robotic question and answer sessions do not breed positive results – engaging, for full and proactive conversations by contrast, do.

Overlooking Agency Help

Last but not least, it’s natural for recruiters who have been in business for many decades to ignore or refuse the help of the web’s leading third-party recruitment agencies. Nevertheless, an enormous proportion of the jobseeker market these days is turning to these recruitment agencies both primarily and exclusively. As such, to refuse or even consider working with online agencies could be to both slow down and detrimentally impact the recruitment process in general – the very best candidates having been entirely overlooked.


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