What is it like to be a tech recruiter?
May 6, 2011 9:44 AM Subscribe
Are you a technical recruiter or have you worked with tech recruiters? I am interviewing for such a position and need your insight on the industry and if this is something I should explore.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Having worked for both a web start-up and in financial services, I am now interviewing for a tech recruiting position - clients are mostly banks. I understand recruiting is essentially sales. My strengths are that I am great on the phone and people tend to trust me quickly, I am good at building relationships and am diligent about following up with people, I have a freakishly good memory and I'm a damn hard worker. Since I have no hard skills like programming or accounting, I have always considered a possible career in sales. I also want a career where I'm truly compensated for working my ass off (as has not been the case in past jobs). However, my main criteria for my next gig is that I have to be helping people and doing it the right way. Having been around shady business practices in the past, I will not act unethically.
My questions are: Is recruiting inherently scummy or does it not have to be? Given my skill set do you think I have what it takes to be successful? Is burnout and high turnover typical in recruiting, or can it truly be a long-term career? And finally, any tips on acing my next round of interviews, landing this job and doing great?
Posted anonymously so as not to be identified in case anyone from the company reads this.
Thank you for the advice!