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RECRUITMENT AND THE ART OF READING PEOPLE

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When confronted with the question “What exactly is your profession about? “, every recruiter will give you more or less the same answer: Recruitment means communicating with people. How do you keep it fresh and personal? Most recruiters need to follow a fixed procedure of qualifying and submitting suitable candidates. Once you have left the same voice mail message for ten different people in a row, your actions begin to feel increasingly automatic. Yet every candidate needs to be equally committed. Every candidate has a unique combination of thoughts, feelings and actions. What are the options available?

In order to create this personal understanding, good recruiters will know how people think and react. Even when talking to twenty people a day, one has to master what I like to call “the art of reading people”.

Our consultants at RIZE work with highly trained professional candidates that, at time of meeting them, have already carved out a career path for themselves over many years. In most cases, it is our task to find out their interests, skills and most importantly, risk points. The key to reading candidates properly is to transform your mind into a detector during the call, as the listening process is based largely on intuition. One needs to be in constant deduction mode in order to analyze everything said, not said, how it is said and why it is said.  If in doubt, you need to check again by asking further questions and be absolutely honest with them about what the role entails. It is important to understand the precarious balance between “finding a person to match the job” versus “finding a job to match the person”.

Done well, recruitment can be similar to being both a counselor and a detective. While we might not be able to read a candidate’s entire life story from a LinkedIn profile, we can certainly extract a lot of information from one phone call.  An effective conversation boils down to:

It can take some time to achieve everything on this list. Building trust especially is an aspect that cannot be ticked off after one phone call. As one gains more and more knowledge in recruitment techniques, it gets easier to identify candidates’ attitudes. But since these are subject to change every now and again, a combination of rational and subconscious evaluation is essential. Good preparation is the key to being professional.  Only candidates that are committed see the application process through to the end.

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