RecruiterJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

A recruiter works for an organization or a recruiting company. They work closely with internal employees or company leadership to understand recruiting needs and search for potential employees for the organization to fill open positions. Recruiters screen available talent and engage individuals who are a good fit for the position. Part of their responsibility is to onboard new hires and ensure they are well integrated into the company. Recruiters plan and implement recruiting strategies, interview and filter candidates, and use databases, social media, referrals, and other sources to attract potential employees. 

Recruiters need strong verbal and written communication skills and should be comfortable interviewing and evaluating applicants in person or via video or phone. Sound judgment is a necessity in assessing skills and candidate potential. Recruiters must have a good working knowledge of HR software and databases, applicant tracking systems, and candidate management systems. They should have strong decision-making skills in hiring the right person for the job and sound customer service abilities. Staying up-to-date on industry trends is another key part of a recruiter’s job. 

Sample job description #1

Position overview:

When was the last time you experienced the impact of your work? Our Recruiters thrive on building meaningful relationships with candidates and business partners. With that comes the unique opportunity to touch lives across the world and experience first-hand the difference your hard work makes. We are looking for someone who is highly motivated, and customer focused to join our Talent Acquisition team as a Recruiter. You will be responsible for managing the full cycle recruiting process to include talent outreach, marketing of positions, screening applicants, and building a pipeline of qualified and interested prospects.

Position duties:

  • Sourcing Candidates: Source, qualify, and match candidates to defined profiles and specific open requisitions for our K-12 School division. Create a pool of diverse qualified candidates through creative and traditional sourcing methods
  • Candidate Research: Utilize multiple recruiting sources and execute innovative recruiting strategies. Articulate our Employee Value Proposition so candidates understand our company mission, culture, and values
  • Candidate Experience: Provide a positive candidate experience and ongoing communication regarding status throughout all stages of the recruiting process
  • Hiring Manager Relationships: Build strong relationships with business leaders by gaining a true understanding of our business, products, and markets to ensure we hire the best talent for our business
  • ATS Management: Track candidate information and maintain up-to-date candidate status information in our ATS. Partners with the TA Specialist for record compliance and data accuracy in the ATS

Basic qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Three or more years experience managing full-cycle sourcing, recruiting, hiring processes either in-house or in a professional agency
  • Experience using an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
  • Experience using sourcing channels such as an ATS, CRM, social media channels, internet job boards, networking sites, and professional organizations to attract both passive and active job seekers
  • Strong relationship building capabilities with stellar interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational capabilities with the ability to prioritize workload and work on multiple projects simultaneously

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of state and federal employment laws concerning recruitment and hiring practices is preferred

Sample job description #2

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and resource management skills
  • Ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to interact with individuals in a courteous and professional manner; customer service oriented
  • Demonstrated technical skills; is proficient in Microsoft Office and has working knowledge and experience with an HR system
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with hiring managers, identifying personnel needs, and workforce planning strategies
  • Strong knowledge of sourcing, recruiting and onboarding methods, procedures, and practices
  • Knowledge of classification and compensation methods, procedures, and policies
  • Experience coaching and training hiring managers
  • Demonstrated experience with process improvement and best practices
  • Highly functional knowledge of employment regulations specific to the DOL, EEOC, and other relevant state and federal employment law
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, results driven environment
  • Effective multitasking and time management skills with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to handle multiple searches and deliver a high level of service to internal and external customers.

Required education and/or experience

  • Bachelors or professional training program specific to the position and directly related work experience, or a combination of education and experience, which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

Preferred qualifications

  • SHRM or PHR certification
  • 3 years recruitment/HR experience
  • Experience with an applicant tracking system

Sample job description #3

Responsibilities

  • Sources technical and non-technical candidates using a variety of recruiting methods, including but not limited to, social networking, professional networking, job boards, College/University networking, cold calling, job fairs, and employee referral programs.
  • Works with Hiring Managers to interview and fill temporary and contract roles
  • Analyzes full-cycle recruitment plans and develops effective recruiting strategy for each open position
  • Partners with Hiring Managers to clarify position requirements, creates recruiting strategy and sets service level agreements
  • Develops unique screening, interview questions, and score cards for each position
  • Schedules interviews with candidates, including but not limited to recruiter telephone interviews, manager telephone interviews, and in-person interviews and final in-person interviews
  • Screens candidates, conducts interviews, then presents top qualified candidates to hiring managers
  • Participates in final interview process to ensure candidates fit the culture of the organization
  • Checks successful candidate’s references
  • Negotiates compensation and extends approved offers to selected candidates
  • Resolves and troubleshoots background check issues
  • Conducts New Hire Orientation and provides tour of building to each new employee
  • Provides frontline support to Hiring Managers on the status of job requisitions including but not limited to, additions to headcount, replacement positions, staff augmentation, statements of work (SOW) and contract roles
  • Creates and maintains a social network presence
  • Develops and maintains relationships with candidates for future positions
  • Participates in meetings and networking events; develops relationships with potential candidates
  • Creates and maintains successful vendor relationships to achieve Company goals
  • Coordinates travel, lodging, and ground transportation for out-of-town candidates
  • Maintains knowledge of legal requirements and regulations affecting recruiting
  • Participates in recruiting tool and agency evaluations
  • Coordinates and maintains Internship programs including but not limited to on-boarding, orientation, mentor introductions, and luncheons
  • Mentors and trains Recruiting Coordinator
  • Collaborates with other business segments within the organization to develop and streamline business processes throughout the Company
  • Stays current on the latest industry technologies, trends, and strategies; brings forward solutions and serves as a Trusted Expert
  • Assists employees, vendors, or other customers by answering questions related to the recruiting processes
  • Completes work in a timely and accurate manner while providing exceptional customer service
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • This position requires a minimum of three years progressive recruiting/sourcing experience
  • Ability to develop and execute passive sourcing strategies to creatively attract top talent by using internet sourcing techniques is needed
  • Demonstrated experience providing candidate assessments is necessary
  • Knowledge of social media recruiting is helpful
  • Must have a strong drive for results, critical thinking and be teamwork focused
  • Excellent collaboration and relationship/rapport building skills are required
  • Intermediate level computer experience, including skills in Microsoft Word and Excel is required
  • The ability to work efficiently under pressure, accurately meet deadlines, present a professional demeanor, and work well independently is essential
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate across all levels of the organization; must be able to clearly articulate ideas both verbally and in writing
  • Customer service skills including the ability to manage and respond to different customer situations while maintaining a positive and friendly attitude is essential
  • In addition, troubleshooting, organizational and problem-solving skills with a can-do attitude and the ability to adjust to changing requirements are essential
  • Maintaining confidentiality, treating others with respect and upholding Company values is key

Educational requirements

  • This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Business or Human Resources or related field or equivalent experience

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a recruiter is $65,000 per year in the United States. Salary may depend on the level of experience, geographical location, and education level.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$64,650$87,450
Los Angeles, California$72,950$87,450
Denver, Colorado$60,800$82,200
Washington, DC$74,050$110,150
Miami, Florida$60,500$81,850
Orlando, Florida$55,800$75,500
Tampa, Florida$56,350$76,250
Atlanta, Georgia$59,100$80,000
Chicago, Illinois$67,950$91,950
Boston, Massachusetts$73,500$99,400
Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota$58,550$79,250
New York City, New York$77,350$104,650
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$63,000$85,200
Dallas, Texas$61,350$82,950
Houston, Texas$61,050$82,600
Seattle, Washington$70,700$95,700
National Average$55,250$74,750

Sample interview questions

  • What attracted you to the field of recruitment?
  • What is your process for sourcing candidates?
  • What changes have you added to your recruitment process to increase success? 
  • What types of data do you utilize to measure success, and how has this data helped you? 
  • How do you develop long-term relationships with candidates? 
  • Tell me about a time where you had a hard time supporting a difficult/particular hiring manager.
  • What is your process if a candidate unexpectedly rejects the job offer? 
  • What qualities do you think are most important for a recruiter to possess in order to be successful? 
  • How do you work to negotiate salary with a candidate that is the right fit, but is out of budget? 
  • What is your favorite question to ask in an interview, and why do you think it’s important? 
  • Tell me about a time where you failed to fill an open position. 
  • Do you consider yourself to have a specific specialty in terms of positions that you recruit for?
  • What is your typical reference check process?

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