5 Dating Lessons for Recruiters

Recruiting is a lot like dating – in both instances you’re trying to find someone who is right for you and who will meet your needs, preferably someone who will do a great job and will stay with you for a long time.

And whether you’re seeking a new significant other or a new employee, choosing the wrong person can wreak havoc on your life – taking up valuable time you’ll never get back, ruining your finances, and tarnishing your reputation.

Here are five classic dating lessons that recruiters should put into practice as well:

  1. Be selective. Just as with dating, recruiters need to be selective about the people they choose to interview. You wouldn’t date someone who didn’t have the same hobbies, beliefs and values as you, and you shouldn’t try to recruit someone who wouldn’t be a good fit with the company culture either.
  2. Preparation is key. You should prepare for an interview in the same way that you would prepare for a date – learn a little bit about the other person so you have an idea of what the two of you might end up talking about. Obviously you can’t prepare for every scenario that might come up, but you can do your best to be on your toes.
  3. First impressions aren’t always accurate. We’ve all gone on dates with people who we thought were great, but learned otherwise the more we got to know them. The same holds true for recruiting – a candidate can give off a great first impression, but you won’t know how they truly are until you hire them and see them in action. That’s why it always helps to check references and ask for specific details about their background and their personality so you can make sure they will be a good fit for the position.
  4. Be a good listener. You won’t learn anything about another person if you’re not a good listener – whether you’re trying to date the person or recruit them. Be sure to ask open-ended questions that gets the candidate talking and listen carefully to what they have to say.
  5. Be ready to follow through. If you go on a great date, it’s customary to tell the other person that you’ll call them or to set-up a second date right then and there. You should do the same during the recruiting process – let the candidate know where they stand and if you’re planning to follow-up with them in the near future.
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