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There are many skills required to become a good recruiter. You must be able identify the most suitable candidates from the large talent pool available. From there, you need to have excellent communication skills when in dialogue with both candidates and clients. Moreover, you must have a deep understanding of the requirements of the role you are recruiting for. There are numerous skills necessary to become a good recruiter, with another major one being able to consistently manage the process from beginning to end. However, these skills are all well known, and one quality that can often be forgotten is patience. Even though this is not an obvious trait, there are several occasions where it is required during the hiring process.

When struggling to find suitable candidates.

The first example of where patience is necessary for recruiters is when there are a lack of candidates currently on the market. When a recruiter receives a new role to work by their client, they want to put candidates across to them as quickly as possible, to ensure they are first to the post. Therefore, when there is limited talent available to them, it can prove extremely frustrating. They will start to believe that the position will be filled before they get a chance themselves. This is the point where the recruiter requires patience. The good recruiters will not panic, and will simply wait for suitable candidates to present themselves. When they do, they will be confident of impressing the client with the quality of the CV’s sent over to them.

Different stages of the interview process.

Depending on the role and the client, there can be several stages to the interview process that must be endured. Even though it is the candidate who has to physically take part in the stages, it does lead to more work being required by the recruiter. They must ensure that the candidate is fully prepared for each stage, whilst also providing feedback after completion. However, feedback from the client is not always immediate, and patience is required by the recruiter in these instances. The recruiter may start to worry that the candidate will take another opportunity in the time taken to progress with their client. As a result, it is important for the recruiter to chase the client for feedback, but they must stay patient at the same time. The feedback will come, and they must trust the candidate enough to believe that they will not take another position in the meantime.

Waiting for final feedback from the client and candidate.

Once the candidate has completed their final interview with the company, they are not the only ones who must stay patient. The recruiter will also be waiting anxiously to discover the outcome. The client can take some time before making a decision on whether to make an offer to a candidate, and the recruiter must manage the expectations of the candidate accordingly. Waiting for a decision can be frustrating for both parties, but the recruiter must be patient, and wait for decision to be delivered.

Even when a candidate has been offered the position, patience may still be needed. The recruiter will want to get straight on the phone to the candidate and tell them the good news, so they can go back to the client with a verbal acceptance. However, it is not always that simple, as candidates can sometimes have more than one offer to consider. In these cases, the recruiter must give the candidate time to make a decision. Despite the concern about whether the client may start to doubt the candidates’ commitment to them, the recruiter must manage the process effectively and stay patient.

After acceptance from the candidate, a suitable start date must be arranged, and the recruiter must stay patient once more if a long notice period is required to be worked!