Five Things Great Recruiters Do Differently



Great recruiters are those who hire great people. They are the ones who engage in every aspect of the hiring process, leaving no stones unturned. They are strategic and well-disciplined and know that one wrong hire can bring down an entire business. With the ongoing fight for top-notch talent, finding the best possible people who can fit in and contribute to an organization can be a challenge. This is exactly where great recruiters prevail.


In this article, the team at, the Middle East’s leading job site, list the five key traits of the best recruiters:


1.       Great recruiters know the job inside out

You can’t be a good salesperson unless you know the product you’re trying to sell. This is just as important for recruiters. The best recruiters know the job they are trying to fill. But while many recruiters go through some type of formal interviewing training (58% of recruiters in the MENA region receive interview training, according to the ‘Hiring Practices in the MENA’ poll, February 2012), most of them still face a hard time when assessing a candidate’s skills and competencies. The real problem lies not in the questions asked during a job interview, but rather on the recruiters who do not fully understand the job they’re evaluating the candidate against. In fact, not knowing a job’s needs turns out to be the root cause of the most common hiring mistakes. The key to minimizing these mistakes and opening up the candidate pool is to get your hiring managers to accurately highlight their expectations by defining real job needs.


2.       Great recruiters are employers of choice

Being an employer of choice is a reputation you build in your industry to attract top talent. Think about what a potential employee considers before agreeing to join your organization. Are you stable, making money and growing? Are you employee friendly? Does your mission catch the mindshare and heartstrings of the people you most want to recruit? Will a new employee feel part of something bigger than themselves if they join you? Will your organization nurture their talent and provide exciting opportunities for challenge and professional growth?

If you can answer all these questions affirmatively, then you should analyze every component of your recruiting process to make sure that you are sending these messages. If you want to be an employer of choice, you must act like an employer of choice by communicating this commitment to candidates. Having an active and customized company profile is a great way to attract top talent. The Premium Company Profile is a great option in this regard. It is your very own branded, customized space on You can use this profile to inform job seekers about your latest news, job openings, photos, events, milestones, and even new products and services. According to the ‘Social Recruiting in the Middle East and North Africa’ poll, 80% of professionals in the region check a company’s online profile before applying for a job.


3.       Great recruiters always check references

A great recruiter needs to verify a candidate’s references carefully and do background checks to make sure that the people they hire can do the job, contribute to the growth and development of their organizations, and have no past transgressions which might endanger the workplace. An easy way to do this is online. According to the ‘Personal Branding in the MENA’ poll, September 2013, 61% of MENA professionals said that their company check the profiles of new recruits online before hiring them. Another 84% of employers in the region indicated that they always conduct candidate reference checks before making a hiring decision, as revealed in the ‘Skills and Hiring Trends in the MENA’, January 2015.


4.       Great recruiters involve others in the hiring process

For many employers, the hiring process can be overwhelming; it’s just one more responsibility that draws them away from their day-to-day responsibilities. Sifting through CVs and posting job openings can take hours away from management and sales. Employees can often lift part of that burden off of the shoulders of recruiters by posting job openings to online job boards, going through CVs, and even performing preliminary interviews. Ideas for great recruitment are endless and endlessly challenging, but they are worth the time and effort you invest when they result in top talent for your organization.

The CV Search tool helps employers sift through a database of 20 million registered members and select the best among them for their job vacancies. Results from this highly efficient tool are filtered down to suit the exact needs of the recruiter who can then find the best match from a vast pool of both active and passive candidates.


5.       Great recruiters search for talent in new places

Recruiters today need to build relationships that take their interactions with job seekers to a deeper level – by moving past name-gathering and CVs to actually creating new relationships that convey the depth of a person’s knowledge and expertise.

Online professional platforms, such as Specialties, give recruiters the opportunity to gage candidates beyond a traditional CV; they let them ask industry-related questions and pinpoint specialists in a particular field. This presents a great opportunity to quantify the untapped factors that make a candidate more valuable to the employer while also scoring a ‘wow’ factor.

As you refresh your abilities to look beyond the familiar, remember that good recruiters employ tactical, well-targeted strategies. Great recruiters are curious and develop the ability to challenge their own biases about people. Above all, great recruiters find ways to identify talent that will bring about new success for their organization. 




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