- Recruiters spend too much time glued to their computer screens when they should be engaging with their peers face-to-face, says Marc Cenedell, founder and CEO of Ladders Inc. He says while recruiters are highly skilled at using computers to source and connect with candidates, those that take the time to interact with others develop keen non-verbal communication skills that can help them select better candidates.
- 40% percent of millennials report that they interact more with their smartphones than their loved ones or co-workers, reports Marketwatch. This may reflect the priorities of younger recruiters and candidates.
- Cenedell recommends an approach that introduces a variety of recruitment styles that more closely match the preferences of candidates, while simultaneously reducing screen time.
There is something to be said for good old-fashioned human interaction, even in the high-tech world of corporate recruitment. Day after day, recruiters spend a great deal of time online trying to track down candidates, build social media communities, and review countless resumes. But all this leads to eventual burnout and the development of bad work habits, not to mention a complete breakdown of work-life balance.
Good recruiters understand that they need to get out of the office on a regular basis and interact with clients and candidates in a more personal way. Employers should ensure that their recruiters have ample support to recruit in a broad range of mediums, including professional development training.