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What skills do you need to be a good recruiter?

Today’s recruiters need to be creative as well as into technology...

LinkedIn released a great infographic last year which talked about the key skills the  best recruiters have. They need to be “part artist, part scientist”. You can access the infographic here

It made me stop and think about my day job as a recruiter and if I used all the skills that they mentioned. I feel I definitely fulfil more of the “Artist” side than the “Scientist” side at the moment. Most of my day is spent networking with people and making sure the talent I introduce to the team are a good fit for each office and on target with our company culture. I talk a lot about our brand and what a career in recruitment at Morgan McKinley can offer, and I act as an advisor to our leadership team. That’s the “Artist” side in me.

My “Scientist” side definitely shows my love for innovation in recruitment. Learning about Boolean searching and any of the latest apps or recruitment tools that will make my life easier are very much of interest to me. The latest one that I am trialling is "Hootsuite". I know it’s not new, but it definitely helps me in scheduling posts on LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as providing me with analytical insights on what people have found interesting and clicked on.

Here at Morgan McKinley, we have put together a framework of eight behavioural competencies and four technical skills that we look for in potential hires. This was created through interviewing several successful recruiters throughout our global locations.

The eight behaviours we look for are:
  • Delivering Excellence
  • Building Relationships
  • Drive for Success
  • Influential Communication
  • Leading and Developing
  • Thinks Commercially
  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Creativity and Innovation
The four technical skills we look for are:
  • Recruitment Knowledge
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Selling Skills
  • Our Company Knowledge

Now, you don’t have to excel in all eight behaviours and all four technical skills but it can give you a better idea of what we look for when we are reviewing your CV/resume.

If you are considering a career in recruitment at Morgan McKinley, then the “must have” skills would be sales experience, or the interest in developing a career in sales, as well as the drive and motivation to be the best at what you do while working in a consultative and collaborative team environment.

For more information, feel free to reach out to your Talent Acquisition Specialist in your location via the “Meet our team” page on our careers site. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

  • Aug 21, 2015
  • Careers , Culture
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