5 Ways to Become the Recruiter of Choice for Your Candidates

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 could need help 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:


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! Even if you haven’t heard off 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.


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. 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.

Due to growth, we have a number of positions across all of our UK offices – Leeds, London, Derby and Leicester – and are keen to speak to ambitious individuals. Whether you are a recruitment novice or an experienced recruitment professional, we could have the exciting new role you have been waiting for. Call Rachael on 01332 861 837 or email Rachael.Bailey@ata-recruitment.co.uk.

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