APG Consult was invited as a Guest Speaker in UniSadhuGuna International College on 18 July 2017 for a sharing session with the topic of “Recruitment, Selection and Onboard”. It’s always fun to share knowledge and best practices with students and wish we are able to help them to get more understanding how the recruitment, selection and onboarding programs work in various organizations.
Many students/fresh graduates are probably confused about how hiring works, and, specifically, about how to work with recruiters. Thus, it is important to understand their role and how the process works in order to be successful.
Here are some thoughts on how the recruiters work that might help you to understand more about this profession.
1. Recruiters are not career counselors.
Don’t expect a recruiter to look at your resume and immediately understand where you would fit into their organization or to suggest which career path you should choose. They aren’t mind readers (fortunately!).
It is your job to know what you want to do and to tell the recruiter where you fit into an organization — the process of sharing, telling and exploring will be through an interview process. Be ready for it !
2. Recruiters are not for hire by job seekers.
They work for the employer who pays them. Many will go out of their way to help you, if they can, but do not expect them to guide you in your job search. You have to independently seek information out there.
3. There are many different kinds of recruiters, but they all fall into one of two major categories:
Internal recruiters (also known as “in-house”).
They are employees of the employer they represent, paid a salary by that employer.
External recruiters (also known as “agencies,” “headhunters,” “search consultants,” or “sourcers” depending on how they work and how they are paid).
They are employees of recruiting or “staffing” firms or agencies usually helping many different employers find employees.
External recruiters may specialize in a location, a profession, an industry, a job level, a search technology/method, or a combination. These external recruiters are paid by the client to find the best talents for their organizations. Business networking with these external recruiters will help to ease your way of finding information in the job market.
4. Recruiters are seldom the decision-maker determining whether or not you get a job offer.
They often have input into the decision, depending on the organization, and they are often the person who delivers the good or bad news to the job seeker. But, someone else in the organization (most likely hiring manager) makes the hiring decision.
5. Recruiters are seldom in control of the hiring process.
Their job is to find good job candidates, and they try to keep the process flowing smoothly. However, because the hiring process usually involves many different people and functions, particularly in large or widely distributed organizations, the process is seldom as smooth as anyone wants it to be. And that is not usually the recruiters fault 🙂
Thanks UIC for inviting. Hope the session was fun for you, as it was for me 🙂
By: Aprilia Patriani (Managing Partner – APG Consult)