I recently met up with a fellow who had been appointed to a new role a few months ago. It’s always good to catch up with recent appointees and hear how they are going.
He couldn’t wait to tell me how pleased he was with the role and the company for which he now worked. Whilst his role was similar to the role from which he came it was clear that the new company was really what had switched him on. “Tell me about it”, I asked. “Well, they are really interested in me and listen to what I have to say”, he replied. “They have a clear vision as to where they want to go and everyone seems to work together well”.
I remarked to him that what he was telling me about is something that every company would try to claim yet so few achieve. According to every company’s website, they have really got it all together. He agreed and told me, with a smile on his face, that his company’s website was “probably the worst in the industry”.
He went on to tell me some more specifics about why he is enjoying the role and feels that he is really getting somewhere in his new company. It was interesting to me that a number of the positives were linked to good communication strategies, listening to people and building a team spirit whilst working to a common purpose. None of this should be a surprise to any of us but is interesting to hear it expressed so clearly.
As a recruiter, one of the most important things I do is be able to clearly tell a candidate what it is like to work for the client’s company. The recruiter can only build this knowledge by knowing several people in the company and perhaps working on various roles over a period of time. I take great pride in being able to give real insight into a company and not just saying all the obvious things. Quality candidates are attracted by detailed knowledge and insights. A recruiter’s own management experience is of course important in helping to give these insights.
‘Getting it right’ is so important when it comes to matching the candidate’s character and values with the culture of the client’s organisation. This is of course well beyond simply matching the candidate’s skills and experience with the requirements of the Position Description. Again, the management experience of the recruiter is so important in being able to achieve the match of character and culture.
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