5 Ways to Become the Recruiter of Choice for Your Candidates – Hint: All of Them Are Easy!

5 ways to become the recruiter of choice for your candidates

Recruitment is becoming an increasingly saturated market and as of last year, there were nearly 40,000 registered recruitment agencies in the UK alone.

To stand out from the competition and become the recruiter of choice for your candidates, you need to be building valuable and mutually beneficial relationships with them. That candidate you recently placed may be a job seeker again in future, they may refer their friends to you, or even become clients themselves further down the line – it’s important to be memorable.

In this blog, Our Talent Acquisition Manager, Rachael Bailey, has outlined the ways that these relationships can be achieved and how they can help you to be more successful in your career in recruitment:


It may sound obvious, but listen to what your candidates are saying, what they want and just as importantly, what they don’t want. The smallest details can make all the difference when it comes to aiding their job search and finding them the most suitable opportunity.


Keep in constant communication with your candidates during the hiring process! Even if you haven’t heard from the Hiring Manager yet, telling them that and that you haven’t forgotten them goes a long way. So many recruiters fail to keep in touch with their candidates so going the extra mile will really help you to stand out and establish a stronger talent pool.


Be a source of support for your candidates. Even the most qualified, most professional and highest performing candidates can get nervous ahead of an interview. Ensure you know as much as possible about the company interview process and you are equipped to answer their questions about the business and the role.


Share your own experiences with your candidates. You may not have worked in the same sector, but as their recruiter, you are undoubtedly an expert in placing people into it. Share your experiences from working with people going through similar processes and be clear on the company and what they are looking for. Sharing will help them prepare and that can only be a good thing for both of you.


Be as honest and transparent as possible during the recruiting process. If you think they need to lessen their salary expectations, then tell them. If you think they are not qualified enough for a role, explain that to them. Although they may initially disagree, in the long run, they would prefer to know of any stumbling blocks through their job search ahead of time and this honesty will build trust between you both.

Recruitment Consultant jobs

Looking for a new job in recruitment? Want to know more about the role of a Recruitment Consultant or a day in the life of a Recruiter? We’re always on the lookout for ambitious recruiters to join our teams in Derby, Leicester, London and Leeds. We have an unrivaled training programme that will give you all of the tools you need to be successful – not forgetting our generous basic salary and uncapped commission! Contact our Talent Acquisition Manager, Rachael Bailey, below for an informal chat about a career with ATA Recruitment.

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