Top Excuses Recruiters Make

As bosses and recruiters, there’s so much on our plates that it’s easy to become jaded with the recruitment process. But how many of our problems do we actually take responsibility for? It’s easy to cover up mistakes by blaming external factors, but be careful: lying to yourself can seriously affect your mindset, even your career.

Here are the top recruitment excuses recruiters tend to make.

The economy

Like sales, recruitment is performance-based. Everything to do with recruitment seems to hang on macroeconomics and marketplace trends. In reality, this just doesn’t affect your performance as a recruiter. Again, like a salesperson, you need to get the job done, regardless of the conditions. Good recruiters excel in any market, period. Never blame the big picture; see how you can improve your techniques and your business to win the most talented new recruits.

Judging yourself by your last placement

Those who manage tend to look at short-term results. This can be especially true of recruitment. If a boss or recruiter has a string of bad hires or bad candidates, it can be easy to lose sight of your overall performance. Don’t forget: a good career in recruitment is based on the acquisition of knowledge and expertise; building up contacts and people skills.

Doubting your skills

Again, recruitment isn’t just about filling vacancies. It’s about building relationships with candidates, employees and recruitment agencies. And because the skills of recruiters are so hard to pin down – motivation, tactility, commercial and marketplace knowledge – recruiters invariably think they have no actual skill-set or special talent. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.

“I only specialise in a certain area of recruitment”

It’s true that recruiters often specialise in one or two industries. For instance, in-house recruiters are very used to dealing with a particular type of candidate for a particular type of department. Therefore, it is easy to forget how transferable your skills are – but in fact, recruiting is one of the best professions for such transferability. Don’t pigeonhole yourself as a specialist in sales recruitment or call centre recruitment. Recruiting is recruiting. The learned interpersonal skills and business acumen that you have is enough to carry you through various industries, sectors and locations.

It’s time to leave your baggage behind.

Regardless how long you’ve been recruiting for, and whether you’re an employer or a recruiter, you’ve probably thought about one of these things during your career. These factors are prevalent and very hard to avoid. So, the next time you have an excuse to make about your performance, remember these recruitment truisms:

Only you are responsible for your own success

As an employer or recruiter, you can only do your best to communicate clearly

It’s long-term not short-term recruitment that makes a good recruiter

Recruitment is a skill – and a hard one to master


Recruitment skills are never confined to one sector or industry

Finally, whether you’re an employer or an in-house recruiter, don’t forget: you can always get help with your recruitment drives. Even if you’re a small business, it isn’t a big commitment and will pay off tenfold in the long-run. Working with an online recruitment company like eRecruit is straightforward and cost-effective. We’ll do all the hard work – sourcing, screening and short-listing – so all you have to worry about is hiring the right person, first time. And you get all of this for a low-cost, one-off fixed fee, meaning you can keep track of your cost per hire.