There are many factors that go in to being a successful RPO recruiter. You need to be resourceful, be patient, be humble, and need to have a strong work ethic. The list of characteristics can go on and on. For me though, the most important attribute an RPO recruiter needs is to be flexible.

Depending on the client, a recruiter may be working on multiple positions within a single arena, or completely different roles in separate divisions. You need to be the Subject Matter Expert for all of the positions that you are working on filling. Pivoting between job descriptions is crucial to keeping the candidate engaged and representing you client in a professional manner.

Having the maneuverability to juggle multiple job descriptions and functions will help when the contract with your current client ends and a new one begins. Memorizing job descriptions is helpful, but there are other ways to be able to get you on multitasking fast track.

Some ways to help you switch gears are:

  • Using a database or CRM to catalogue and categorize your candidates
  • Role-playing with a colleague on the points you want to hit
  • Practice using flashcards
  • Search the internet for a multitude of free brain-training activities

Being able to flip your mindset on the fly is an invaluable lesson that any RPO recruiter needs to have in their arsenal.  Having the capacity to handle multiple positions in various arenas will make you indispensable to both your client and to your company.

By Bob McLaughlin | People Science Sr Talent Advisor