Top Habits of Good Recruiters

Top Habits of Good Recruiters

The recruiting process has undergone many transformations through the years. From working on job boards to the rise of social recruitment to personalized job postings, companies are looking for the best recruiters to discover the right candidates for a project and client. The recruitment process can become even more efficient if a recruiter adopts the new trends along with a mix of their own best practices. Without further ado, here are the top habits of good recruiters.

Planning the Day

In order to be a successful recruiter you have to plan and prioritize your daily activities and recruiting flow. A good recruiter always decides in advance on how to go about their day. How much time for calls, what requirements are priorities and what is going to bring you more money? You have to plan what should be done earlier than other tasks. Keep track of which job orders are the closest to being filled. That way, you can allocate time and efforts appropriately on a day-to-day basis.

Going Social

I can’t emphasize this enough. If you are not using available social channels for recruiting you are missing on a diverse slate of talented people. Social media recruiting has so much potential. For example, LinkedIn provides incredible chances to build an influential professional network and communicate directly with top talent in the field. It provides industry insights and top trends in recruiting to help reach new candidates. Social media is especially useful with passive recruiting and keeping candidates engaged throughout lengthy recruitment processes.


The most frustrating part of the recruiting process for a candidate is when there is no feedback provided on the candidature. A good recruiter never leaves a candidate hanging. If a candidate is selected or not selected for the job, the recruiter should always inform and stay in touch with the candidate. Since the job market is evolving continuously, a candidate can be eligible for another role. Conducting oneself professionally during recruitment process is part of branding yourself, as well as the branding of your company. If you conduct yourself professionally, people will be more likely to do business with you.

Employee Referrals

If you have been recruiting for a while, you must have placed people in various companies and projects. Staying in touch with the candidates and getting referrals is a great way to ramp up recruiting. Employee referrals are a bonus and an important recruiting tool. Employee referrals decrease cost-per-hire, time-to-fill a requisition and increases the quality of a hire, providing better chances of a cultural fit.

Candidate Engagement

A good recruiter never treats a requirement as a one-time transaction; they dig deeper, connecting with candidates on a personal level. A lot of recruiters fail to recognize that the techniques that work with active job seekers or in a job-driven market will not work when you have to seek out and convince niche skills resources to consider your jobs. You have to build trust with a job seeker to get them to apply to your open roles. Candidates will be more likely to treat you as a career advisor and partner with you on their next job search.

Continuous Learning

Continuous learning is an essential trait of a successful recruiter. You may be doing really well and think that you do not need to learn more to be successful. But there is no harm in learning new trends, industry insights, or new recruiting tools. You can also get certified by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). If you do not have time for exams then there are many recruitment training options available in the LinkedIn Learning Center. A good recruiter understands the value of getting better. Getting better is not due to a lack of resources. It’s due to a lack of desire.

And now let’s come to the most important aspect… Experience. The more years you work in recruiting, the more experiential learning you gain. Recruiting has many everyday challenges, but these issues can be mitigated by following some of these best practices listed above.

We hope you incorporate these habits into your repertoire and have a successful career in recruiting. Comment below to tell us more about the habits that make you a successful recruiter.