Jessica Tabinor Career Advice
As today is officially the spookiest day of the year and our thoughts turn to all things that go bump in the night, we thought we would reflect on what recruiters can learn from our favourite Horror Movies.
Straying from the group is nothing less than a death wish…
There’s absolutely no reason for you to be alone in an abandoned hospital in the middle of the night, never leave the group! In most instances straying from the group is nothing less than a death wish.
Working well in a team is integral to becoming a successful recruiter. Often you may need to work in a team in order to find the best candidate for a high calibre company or a niche role.
The shortcut down the suspicious looking alley is not a good idea…
As in all great horror movies, time is of the essence and 9 times out of 10 that shortcut down the suspicious looking alley is not a good idea.
Likewise, in recruitment using shortcuts may cost you not only the opportunity to fill the position but also your reputation. Double-booking candidates, forgetting interviews and sending emails to the wrong person might be honest, unintentional mistakes, but enough to turn candidates off. It can make you look sloppy and as a result, have a damaging effect on your career.
Expect the unexpected… your first line of defence is probably going to fail
If horror movies taught us anything it’s to expect the unexpected and that it pays to be prepared. You may as well assume that your first line of defence is going to fail so it’s a good idea to pack an extra kitchen knife for when a hunger-crazed zombie comes banging on your door.
In recruitment, there’s no exception. Having a backup of suitable candidates up your sleeve to quickly put in place if the star of the show drops out is imperative.
When you’re running away from a poltergeist… Time is of the essence
No one wants to be the guy at the back when you’re running away from a poltergeist so, in most instances, it pays to be quick in a horror movie.
In recruitment, you need to be able to think on your feet and be agile enough to make snap decisions. There’s no average day as a recruiter so if you like to keep busy, it’s a career for you.