Talent Acquisition

Top Traits of Great Recruiters

What does it take to be a top third party recruiter? Many things. There are several different styles, and there isn’t one simple rule that governs success. Different clients will have different opinions about what type of partnership they prefer with their recruiters. Still, there is a a certain set of skills that character traits that all the best recruiters share… and they’re written into what they do every day… RECRUIT!

Whether you’re a newbie recruiter or a seasoned one, it doesn’t matter – if you’re doing well, it’s likely you possess these character traits.

R for resilient

Recruiters are resilient… they have to be! The work of a recruiter is hard; it requires courage and being able to survive several knock-backs, knowing success is worth the battle. Great recruiters stand the test of time and don’t back down in the face of danger.

E for enthusiastic

The best recruiters are the ones who get excited about their work and bring truck loads of enthusiasm to their client briefs and candidate needs. They keep a positive attitude and inject energy and effort into the work they do. It’s contagious and means the recruiter provides a high quality of service; one that’s enjoyable and memorable.

C for competitive

The best recruiters are competitive in a healthy way. They absolutely thrive in an environment where they must rise to the top and get ahead. They are corporate adrenalin junkies who want to come out on top, and will do anything it takes to get there. They don’t take no for an answer and make things happen.

R for ravenous

The best recruiters are not just hungry to do a good job, they’re ravenous for it! They don’t stop until they find the perfect person for their client, and the perfect role for their candidate! The saying is being ‘hungry for success’, but great recruiters really do take this to a new level. They don’t stop and constantly work to feed a need that can never truly be satisfied!

U for useful

Knowledgable recruiters are huge assets to any business! They are extremely useful, providing not only candidates, but market updates and advisory services to help their client benchmark their opportunities and recruitment / hiring practices. The best recruiters are also incredibly useful for candidates, making introductions on their behalf and advising them through the recruitment process, until they land the job they want.

I for intuitive

Great recruiters are extremely intuitive – they are able to read people and situations and navigate a desirable outcome. They follow their noses and can pick up on special cues around them. Furthermore, they trust their own judgment and back themselves.

T for talkative

Good recruiters love to talk and get people talking in return! They’re great at picking up important information from conversations and are masters at striking up a good old chat with a potential business partner, candidate or client. What makes this such an important trait, is the fact that it’s backed up by excellent listening skills! Recruiters will benefit from being talkative if they match it with second to none listening.

There are several other traits that all great recruiters possess… let us know what we’ve missed in the comments below!

By Phoebe Spinks

Account Executive at Link Humans, download our 12 Essentials of Employer Branding eBook now.