What do Recruiters look for in Candidates

What do Recruiters look for in Candidates

Every recruiter has their own way of Recruiting, but there are some fundamental things that you can get right every time you are applying for a position.

Firstly, and most importantly, communication!  An interviewer wants to see how confident you are and how you would communicate in any situation.  Start with appropriate small talk, address your interviewer by name and try and match your style to theirs.

Don’t talk too much and avoid interrupting.  Specifically don’t use jargon or acronyms.  Some typical questions you may be asked are ‘How do you build rapport with others?’ or ‘What would you do if there was a breakdown of communication at work?’.

Next, your relevant work experience.  Obviously if you have the right skill set and experience you are going to be a more favourable candidate.  It is highly unlikely that you would be offered an interview for a skill set you don’t possess.  You need to demonstrate relevant work experience.

Do you have the right academic qualifications? If qualifications are asked for then clearly it is important to the client.  Even if you can offer relevant work experience, you may rejected at the start.

Are you a team player?  The ideal candidate is one that is motivated and keen to get stuck in.  Recruiters will look for your likeability as they know placing a team player with their client will result in higher productivity and the work environment will be happier and healthier.

And last, a topic that Rayner Personnel has discussed previously, job hopping Millennials.  Recruiters will generally prefer candidates who spend a reasonable amount of time at a company as this shows them that you are developing and learning in the workplace.

Hiring the right people takes time, the right questions and a healthy dose of curiosity. What do you think is the most important factor when building your team? For us, it’s personality. Richard Branson

What do Recruiters look for in Candidates