4 Clichés Every Recruiter Should Follow

August 27, 2018 Staffing + Recruiting, Trends

IT recruitmentWe’ve all grown up hearing clichés used as rules of life or as a guide to success, but let’s be serious, most people roll their eyes and laugh when they hear one. These phrases are meant to give you some sort of explanation or direction on how the world works, but are they really that far-off? Everyone could use a good cliché once in a while and these are the four that I think every recruiter should follow.

  1. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Of course as a recruiter you are spending hours a week scanning resumes and making quick judgements on whether or not an applicant is right for a job. However, we should exercise caution when assuming aspects of a candidate that might not be black and white on the paper before them. Are they going to be outside of the compensation requirement? Do they want to take on a new role? Are they open to relocation? These, and many others, are assumptions that could cost a recruiter a quality candidate if they assume the answer. It’s simple; don’t judge a book by its cover. Never make assumptions.

  1. There is no such thing as a stupid question.

If you are like me and don’t have a technical background, it can be easy to get lost at times when talking with a candidate about a job opportunity. It is impossible to be an expert in everything and you can’t learn if you don’t ask. If you are unsure about what a candidate is talking about ask them to explain it to you. There is no such thing as a stupid question and you certainly wouldn’t want to lose out on a great employee because you didn’t understand their tech talk.

  1. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

The job market right now is booming and quality candidates are in high demand. Candidates are often interviewing with multiple companies at a time and receiving offers left and right. It has happened to all of us, you find the perfect candidate, go through the interview process, extend them an offer and then they go a different direction. For me, this cliché is a nice reminder that you follow all of the steps and check all your boxes but sometimes things just don’t work out. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

  1. The early bird catches the worm.

This cliché is often said to people who sleep in instead of getting up early to start their day. However, it could also be interpreted as a reminder to be proactive. Communication is key when it comes to recruiting and if you aren’t being proactive in reaching out to candidates you could be missing out. You can’t wait for the perfect candidate to appear, instead it takes the drive and effort to pick up the phone and give them a call. The early bird catches the worm.

There you have it. There are many more cliche’s, of course, that apply well to recuiting but starting small and focusing on the above can help make an immediate impact in your recruitment style and results.


Kaitlyn Julien - IT Recruiter at ABSKaitlyn Julien is a Technical Recruiter for ABS Technology who is simply passionate about helping people find the right fit.