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The Competencies of a Recruitment Consultant 8. – Team Priorities

8. Team Priorities

Recruitment consultants are often described as ‘islands’ and can be seen as selfish. It’s important that you appreciate that you are part of a wider team’s performance and especially that of the company as a whole. We all need to be able to support each other to achieve the long-term goals.

If you have very successful people in your company, then ask them for a half-hour masterclass on their favourite topic. A bit of flattery always helps, but the key here is to take copious notes and see whether their techniques would work for you. You must be willing to do this for others though and especially new people joining your organisation. If your company doesn’t already organise this for new starters, then make the suggestion to you line manager.

Purpose: – The purpose of a recruitment consultant is to ensure that the teams business priorities are at the forefront of any actions.  Appreciate that you are part of a wider teams performance and that it is critical others can assist you immediately or you them, when required.

1. Explain to me about some of the ways you work within your team to ensure its success:

  • What specifically do you do?
  • How do you decide on what takes priority – your teams or your own work?
  • What are the things that impact on your motivation most?

2.  Describe to me about some of the best teams that you have worked with:

  • What specifically made them good teams?
  • What part did you play in their success?
  • What learning from these teams do you continue to apply?

3. Tell me about a crisis or unplanned event that happened and the response of the team really impressed you?

  • What made this incident a real crisis?
  • What were your first thoughts?
  • What specifically were you able to do to contribute to resolving the event?

High level of competence shown: –

  • Appreciates the need for a broader approach to business development encompassing the goals of the whole business
  • Is able to identify needs within the team and react accordingly through sharing information/knowledge
  • Appreciates the importance of the customers’ perception of the team’s business

Each week I’m tackling a new competency and I will follow the same format of purpose, questions and three examples of what a high level of that competency would look like.

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Angela Cripps
Angela Crippshttp://www.connemarauk.com/
ANGELA has 25 years of experience in the recruitment industry and calls herself an industry advocate - anything that raises standards and Angela is likely to have a link to it somewhere. A professional trainer for the past 15 years, her LinkedIn profile shows she currently works for industry bodies. As a select member of our BizProphets "thought leadership" Panel, her expert insights afford industry participants the tools necessary to master the art of recruitment.

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