Ask just about anyone who has ever hired someone and they will say that the best interviewee is more likely to get the job over the best candidate. As much as we want to deny it, as much as we’d like to say the most qualified and experienced candidate scored the role, the fact of the matter is, the vast majority of employers will pick the person who interviewed well! And this is ok for some roles, but for most roles there is a standard that can’t be measured in someone’s charisma and ability to interview well.
When is charisma an important skill?
There is no denying that charisma can be a desired skill – in fact if you are recruiting a cult leader it’s the only skill you need! For positions like retail roles, customer service roles or sales roles, charisma is also extremely important – you need to know that the person you employ is able to deal well with the public. However, there aren’t many jobs where people skills are more important than paperwork skills, so someone with charisma but lacking the ability to complete their paperwork may not be the best person for the role – even though in the interview we can be blinded to the shortcomings.
The truth of the matter is that charisma is only one small part of the reason you should hire someone and this is where employers can benefit from the skills of a recruiter and becomes a strong selling point for recruiters.
Why recruiters are important
Recruiters are skilled to be able to look past the charisma and understand the skill level and emotional intelligence of an applicant. Because no amount of charisma is going to cut it if the candidate gets going as soon as the going gets a bit tough!
What does a recruiter do that you can’t
Recruiters are skilled in understanding the balance of charisma, education, experience AND aptitude of applicants. Recruiters also understand the nature of YOUR business and have ways to make sure that applicants would suit your work environment! Recruiters are not blinded by one ability over another and understand that the best employee is one that provides you with a balance of all of the required elements.
The other big advantage a recruiter provides is the ability to remove themselves emotionally from the need, so that they can make an informed choice of the correct balance needed for a new employee to integrate and successfully fulfill your vacancy.
How do you find the perfect recruiter
Once you find the perfect recruiter, you will truly know that you never want to handle the employing procedure in-house again! Start by looking at recruiters that offer placements within your industry. They will have an experienced knowledge of the unique quirks that you need to successfully fill a role. Ask other industry professionals who they recommend and finally talk to a few – you will get a feel for who knows their stuff… but don’t be tricked by their charisma!!