This summer we hired 3 interns to help us out with recruiting information technology candidates. We went through the interview process and identified the right candidates for our IT recruiting internship program. They seemed to be a good fit with our company culture and appeared to have the drive/motivation. Looking back, we were right. Each has proved to us they have the skills and qualities to be a successful recruiter in the IT staffing industry.
Now that the summer is coming to an end, our interns chose to tell us about their experience working as an IT recruiter for one of the fastest growing IT staffing companies in the country.
He summarized his experience like this:
1. People Skills
Having people skills is a factor that helps talking to prospective candidates about the different IT job opportunities you have available. An IT recruiter needs to know how to connect with a candidate on a personal level to make them feel comfortable and willing to listen to what you have to say.
2. Cold Calling
An IT recruiter will receive many applications to job postings, but in the end, you will need to go digging through a resume database for some candidates that fit the IT job description
3. Phone manners
IT recruiters need to work on their phone manners, especially when you are constantly working with prospective candidates. Acting in a professional manner will always help keep the candidate interested and comfortable.
4. Hard Work
In order to succeed you need to put in the time and effort. Nothing is free in life and you need to work hard to get the results you want. Finding the right candidate is not as easy as picking a name out of a hat. An IT recruiter has to search through databases and applications to find candidates who will fit the IT job description, as well as the culture in the company.
Overall, our IT recruiter interns felt that they learned valuable lessons from working in the IT staffing Industry.