Have you ever wondered what makes a great recruiter? There is no one true answer to this complex question but practicing the basics skills briefly discussed below is a great start! The recruiters who can master these skills can harness an edge and keep their businesses staffing ahead in our ever-changing and competitive environment.

Communication Skills

Communication through a variety of different avenues is a vital skill for recruiters. Recruiters are expected to write in-depth job post and communicate with all candidates and upper management via, phone, email and in person. Recruiters are the face for most and the first impression of a company. These responsibilities require recruiters to communicate clearly and concisely to both the candidate and their respective coworkers.


Recruitment involves networking and interacting with people who greatly vary in social aspects such as language, culture, and experiences. It is crucial for a recruiter to speak confidently to candidates while having a firm understanding for the positions or industries they may otherwise know little about, and be able to back up their decision-making process if questioned.

Getting to Know Your Candidate

There is much more to a candidate than what is written on their resume. There’s no way to know a candidate and how they will perform on the job if you don’t have the proactiveness to ask the right questions. Understanding people is an immense advantage for a successful recruiter, so is a curiosity about trying new tactics and channels to find new and different candidates. Never stop being curious or trying new things and you will never stop improving as a recruiter.

Listening skills

Just as we spoke about truly knowing your candidate, recruiters must emphasize on taking the time to hear your candidates, hiring managers, and co-workers. This sets recruiters apart and provides them more valuable information than any other tactic you can find.
By focusing in on what your candidates and co-workers are saying, you get to know exactly what they want. You can then use this information to craft your recruitment plan and negotiation strategies. The more you listen, the more valuable information you will get to guide your decision-making.

Body Language

Body language is a skill that most may not even notice. Often in a hiring situation, people may not communicate exactly what they are thinking. Reading someone’s body language ques gives you great insight into what their actual thoughts or intentions are. This is also true for recruiters! Controlling and displaying positive body language during in-person interviews proves to be a valuable negotiating tactic. This allows the recruiter to control the overall direction and stance of the conversation.


The strenuous task to fill a mission-critical position on your team is a daily high-stakes situation. Companies need a reliable person to fulfill this task. Being reliable means, diligence in your communication and follow-ups, accuracy in information passed and given, a willingness to support each other when the opportunity arises, and timeliness and punctuality.

At XL Pro, our recruiters are the backbone of our Company. We understand that having a strong recruiting team is ultimately what sets us apart from our competitors and has made us one of the best Staffing Agencies in the Texas market. Our Director of Recruiting, Seily Ortiz, embodies all of the skills listed above and manages a large staff of full-time recruiters who strive to staff the best applicants for our many clients.

We are always looking for strong likeminded individuals to join the XL Pro Staffing team. If you practice many of the skills listed above, we invite you to apply to join XL Pro’s recruiting team. Email your resume and a brief cover letter to seily@xlproconsulting.com if you wish to apply or learn more about XL Pro.

Seily Ortiz

Director of Recruiting


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