What is like to be an IT Recruiter?

Who recruited you on your last job? Was it a bad experience or a good one? Do you know there are extensive career paths around recruiting? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a recruiter?

I love my career. I really do. And how could I not? Currently, I work in Wizeline, a tech-start-up with a Silicon Valley Culture. Wizeline hired me as a Recruitment Coordinator Intern while I was still studying Industrial Relations at ITESO, and now I’m a full-time IT Recruiter. During my time at Wizeline, I have worked with my talented colleagues on the recruiting team to grow the company from 100 to 300 employees in a year! Here are some of the reasons I love my job:

  • I have met a lot of interesting people from all over the world inside and outside Wizeline, and I’m sure I will continue doing it. Every candidate is different, and they have so many questions. Today I’m talking with a guy from Turkey, and tomorrow I could be having an interesting conversation with someone from India who is currently building an open source product for the medical industry. Just last month I hired 3 engineers from Venezuela that were trying to relocate to a more stable place.
  • Constant challenges and learning. As a recruiter, I’m constantly facing new challenges in learning about different roles, adapting my strategy based on region, background or education, and learning to evolve my methods as I receive more feedback from candidates. It is not enough to recruit fast, you need to do it maintaining the expected quality of those hires.  I also learn a lot about technology from my daily conversations and it keeps me engaged with the latest tech trends.
  • I have a lot to share. No matter if I am with my family or friends, there’s always someone who is curious about my job. It’s often misunderstood that in the tech industry’s recruitment process, difficult and tricky questions are asked. I agree with Lazlo Bock in his book Work Rules: there’s nothing about those questions that can provide you a strong read of the candidate. However, they are fun to ask.
  • Changing scenarios. IT positions are in the most demand nowadays, that’s why being in a technology company forces me to be different with which recruitment strategies I use. Software Engineers, in general, are difficult to engage. My team tests out a lot of new strategies every month, so I get to travel to attend to interesting tech-talks from companies like YouTube, Google and of course Wizeline, to job fairs at universities and VIP events with top engineers around Mexico.
  • It has helped me strengthen my social skills and the ability to read people. It’s simple, the more you practice, the better you get. I’ve learned to improve my social skills with great candidates, as well as rude candidates.

For the recruiters that are reading me, you know I can’t say everything about working in recruitment is perfect. There are some stressful moments and some very rude candidates you get to interview but, for me, being a recruiter has been a road full of challenges, mistakes, and most of all learning and fun.

Keep in mind that, as a recruiter, you also have a great responsibility because you are impacting someone else’s life. Approach recruiting with a people-first mindset:

  • Take care of the candidate’s experience and be empathetic. If you do it, candidates tend to be more honest and open during the process, and this makes it a much better experience for you, too.
  • Remember you’re making a huge impact on a candidate’s life when helping them change companies or careers, so give as much information as you can and be honest.
  • Don’t continue with a process if you know you’re not making a positive change in the candidate’s life. That’s also professionalism.

May you always love what you do. #FromARecruiter’sHeart.

– V by V.

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