I love people, wait what was the question?
Occasionally I’m faced with a group of students dreaming about their career path in the wonderful world of HR seeking advice from some of us experienced HR pros. I always ask the same question to these advice seekers… “Why did you choose HR?” and a lot of times people cannot answer that question or worse they give a bad answer. More specifically when someone wants advice on how to land a job as a recruiter I ask this question “Why do you want to be a recruiter” …. [pause…think…word vomit]… “I LOVE PEOPLE”. Let me be completely real with you guys… I hate that answer. I cannot stand that answer. When someone says that is why they want to recruit (or work in HR) I immediately start thinking of not for profit organizations they could work for that LOVE PEOPLE. Loving people isn’t going to make you an above average recruiter; in fact it could do quite the opposite to your recruiting career. I notice that people who just love people are interested in helping people and willing to fall for their stories. Tim Sackett’s compilation of candidate lies for example; a person who does recruiting because they love people are seriously more apt to fall for these and continue to deal with these rotten apples.
Why do I recruit? I get a huge sense of accomplishment when I get the opportunity to match a client and an employee up that are perfect match! I love to see the way a person’s life can change when they get to work a job that they are specifically a fit for from skills to culture and the positive impact it has on their home life. I enjoy the occasional thank you letter from candidates for working on placing them in their position. I enjoy when a hiring manager brags on the candidates I selected for them to interview. I have a heart for successful business. I believe anything is possible when you piece together the right team and I enjoy helping hiring managers and companies identify the right components and strategize to make the most of their new hires and existing team. I recruit because I love the positive impact recruiting has when done correctly. I do not recruit because I love people, in fact I may not even love people all that much.
So let me leave you with this… why do you recruit or why do you want to recruit?