Having been in the recruitment industry, I am often asked what it is we do, or even why we do what we do? The simple answer is, we help people realize their dreams.
The more complicated answer is we are your partner in recruitment, from candidate to client.
From a candidate perspective, we are there to help you find the best possible opportunity for your career goals. From a client perspective, we are here to help you find the most suitable candidate to join your team.
From a candidate’s perspective:
Our role in your future decisions are determined from our first interaction with you. We are there to guide and represent you. Our initial interview is vitally important, an interview is not just what is on paper but largely around what is not on paper. Your CV will list your education, roles you have had, as well as the companies that you have worked with. However, it will not list who you are and what you are looking for in a future appointment. This meeting is also where we get an understanding of who you are as a person and what change you are looking to make. Your partner in recruitment should always get an intrinsic understanding of this, because this is one of the most important aspects of your happiness in the next organization you choose to join.
Some of the questions discussed between you and your recruitment specialist should include:
- Why are you on the market?
- What environment / culture are you looking to join?
- What drives / motivates you?
- What are your strengths / likes / dislikes?
- What roles are you open to?
- What companies align to your belief system?
- Why have you left previous companies?
These questions are important because they tell us a story of where you have been, why you have left and most importantly what your ideal company / role will be. So, be honest with your Talent Acquisition Specialist. Let them know what you are ideally looking for, this allows us to look at not just the opportunity but also the company. This allows us to call you for the best matched opportunities, where your career goals are more than likely to be realised.
From a company’s perspective:
We are there to help you find not only the best talent but also the best team fit. When hiring an individual to join your team it is vital to understand how that person will fit in, both from a skills and culture fit. Hiring the wrong individual can set an entire team back in terms or moral and work performance.
As your Talent Acquisition Specialist, we want to understand your business, the company values and the environment. In so doing, we are able to interview possible candidates and align their knowledge and individuality to your team. We remove the stress of sourcing and lengthy interview process by doing the screening for you. We identify 2 to 3 candidates we feel will be the perfect fit, providing you with interviews that are relevant and non-time consuming. A good recruiter will always ask to meet with you, this is for us to ask questions around the role and company. These meetings are highly important to the success of the recruitment partnership. Without these meetings, we have no way of aligning our candidates to your needs.
We need to ascertain certain information and some of the questions included should be:
- Why is the position open?
- What skills / talents did the last person possess?
- What are the growth opportunities within your company?
- What is the background or the organization?
- What are the success stories?
- What are the company’s values?
By gaining this information and working with the spec provided we are now able to assess skill and culture fit. We are able to align the position with a candidate that has the ability to succeed in the position, as well as an individual who will align to your business beliefs.
At the end of the day we work towards placing a candidate, within an organization, where we know both the candidate and the client are happy. Being a part of a successful partnership, this is why we do what we do!