What Makes a Good Recruiter GREAT?

Sourcing school is back in session! Ryan Leary and Brian Fink take on an “easy” topic: Today we are going to talk about what makes a good recruiter great.

Last week, we went over some of the important people outside the biz that we think you should follow. If you missed it, here’s the link!


Here’s what we think:

There are a few skills that can make a good recruiter great.

The first has to be having an endless curiosity to discover not only what your candidate does, but also what the organization does. You need to know what problem the role is going to solve for the organization. It’s not just filling headcount.

You have to also want to learn about the group you’re trying to recruit and understand what the people will be working with. Whether that’s a software, or programming language, you have to be able to grasp the basics of what it entails.

Next comes empathy. As Ryan says, it’s a natural addition to curiosity. It’s important to understand what motivates an individual. Brian adds that you’re basically performing a double-sided sale where you have to sell a company to a candidate but also sell that candidate to the company. If you aren’t self-aware, you’re going to wear yourself thin.


What’s the last skill on the list? Tune in to find out.

Do you agree with Ryan and Brian? Let us know what you think.


Listening time: 8 minutes


Sourcing School Podcast

Brian Fink

As a Talent Acquisition Partner at McAfee, Brian Fink enjoys bringing people together to solve complex problems, build great products, and get things done. In his recent book, Talk Tech to Me, Fink takes on the stress and strain of complex technology concepts and simplifies them for the modern recruiter to help you find, engage, and partner with professionals.

Ryan Leary

Ryan Leary helps create the processes, ideas and innovation that drives RecruitingDaily. He’s our in-house expert for anything related to sourcing, tools or technology. A lead generation and brand buzz building machine, he has built superior funnel systems for some of the industries top HR Tech and Recruitment brands. He is a veteran to the online community and a partner here at RecruitingDaily.


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