Bit of a furphy really and I must apologise… Turns out there isn’t one skill to rule them all…
A little over a week ago I posed that question directly to my LinkedIn network. To my amazement (ordinarily I’m lucky to get a couple of random likes and a comment from my dear Aunty Dorothy… ‘Just to keep your spirits up.’ she says), there have been over 130 comments…
Seems everyone knows the magic recipe… but… we are all using different ingredients.
So, what I have attempted to do below is rank the responses. And to make it even more interesting I have divided the comments into Candidate, Client & Recruiter… Read on… it will make sense…
Candidates – focused on 6 skills the successful recruiter must have… I have listed them from the least amount of mentions to the most.
- Be Genuine
- Build Relationships
- Industry Understanding & Knowledge
- Communication & Follow Up – 37.5% of Candidates felt that this was the most important skill a Recruiter needs to possess…
Clients – focused on 8 specific skills… again listed below from least mentions to most.
- Strategic Thinker
- Quality of Service
- Quality of Candidates
- Tenure of Recruiter
- Build Relationships
- Deliver on Promises
- Communicate Regularly
- Ability to Listen and Understand Needs – 33.3% of Clients believe that this is the most important skill a recruiter needs…
Recruiters – And here’s where it gets interesting. There were 24 skills that recruiters focused on to be successful – once again listed from least mentions to most…
- Attention to Detail
- Be Proactive
- Thinking outside of Box
- Self Awareness
- Operate 360 degrees
- Candidate Care
- Passion – Fire in the Belly
- Low Fall off Rate
- Positive Feedback
- Persistence & Tenacity
- Generate Repeat Business
- Build & Maintain Relationships
- Successful Fill Ratios
- Billings – Interestingly 24.3% of recruiters believe that Successful Fill Ratios or Billings are the most important skills a recruiter possesses.
To have a closer look at the comments… or leave your own… you can find the post here.
I promise you I will release the findings in a nicely presented infograph in the near future… but… until then… I will leave you with this question…
How can the Recruitment fraternity rank essential recruitment skills so differently from Clients & Candidates?
I’d love to continue this discussion below…