Recruiting specialists share what works best, and what missteps to avoid

Don’t let processes get in the way of a good hire, and other lessons
By Ann Macaulay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/18/2006

It takes talent to find talent. Recruiting well requires many skills — the ability to attract people to an organization, to differentiate it from others, to sell it to a candidate, to be creative in finding good candidates, to listen, observe, assess and really probe an individual’s track record.

A company’s ability to choose the best candidates gives it a competitive advantage, but recruiters don’t always get the respect they deserve.

“The recruiter is often considered the entry-level job within HR,” says Maureen Neglia, director of RBC recruitment for RBC Financial Group in Toronto. A lot of HR professionals get their start in recruiting and many believe that all that’s really needed to be a good recruiter are some basic interviewing skills. That’s a mistake, says Neglia.