Types of personalities you encounter as a recruiter

During any candidate search, you’re going to come into contact with all manner of different personalities. As a recruiter, you can safely say that you’ve seen it all!

No matter what sector you deal with, these personalities will show up at some point. Do you recognise them?

The underprepared candidate

Turns up late. Hasn’t done their research on your client, or the job! Basically, you’re just thinking of ways to end this interview without being rude about it.

Not only do they waste their own time, they also waste yours. It’s frustrating to say the least, but these candidates do exist and you need to be ready to cut your losses quickly and RUN!

The over-confident candidate

Almost the complete opposite to the unprepared candidate. The over-confident one will stroll into your meeting room convinced they already have the job. You almost feel like you’re being interviewed- you’re more nervous than they are! Don’t be surprised if by the end, they casually drop ‘so when do I start?’ *shudder*

 

The over-confident candidate

Almost the complete opposite to the unprepared candidate. The over-confident one will stroll into your meeting room convinced they already have the job. You almost feel like you’re being interviewed- you’re more nervous than they are! Don’t be surprised if by the end, they casually drop ‘so when do I start?’ *shudder*

The clingy candidate

You’ll know you’ve met a clingy candidate when you already have a thank you email sent to you 2 minutes after the interview and constant emails asking about the next steps/updates.

Clingy candidates are certainly one of the higher maintenance types you’ll meet in the recruitment lifecycle. But, they only mean well.

 

The picky candidate

They might be a great candidate on paper, perfect for your job role in fact. But the minute you get into the interview process they suddenly become one of the most demanding people you’ve ever met. They are super excited about the job, but it has to work on their terms. From demanding to have a desk next to the window, to wanting to tailor their own job description, the picky candidate can be an absolute pain to deal with.

Of course, candidates want the best deal out of their upcoming jobs but you need to put your foot down; manage their expectations.

 

The perfect candidate

The holy grail of the recruiting game, the hallelujah moment!

You can rest- you’ve found the perfect candidate!

Outstanding CV, relevant experience, huge interest in the company and sector – tick, tick tick!

You get them in for an interview and find yourself nodding along to everything they say.

*tears*

Finding “the one” really does exist!

Remember, you have to be smooth and quick about the next steps. If you want them, then chances are other companies want them too. Keep in good contact and make sure you can close the deal as soon as possible.

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