What Frustrates Recruiters

unhappy-businessman-william flammeFinding qualified candidates and getting responses to their outreaches are the top two challenges for search firm recruiters, according to a recent ExecuNet survey.

Corporate recruiters agree that finding the right candidates is a challenge, even with how the market has been. For them, finding candidates who fit their corporate culture and are a match with salary expectations can be a challenge.

As the candidate, it’s incumbent upon them to research the company and match their skills to the company’s needs in very specific terms. Connect the dots for the recruiter so it’s clear how you can serve the client company.

top-three-greatest-challenges-in-seniorInstead of applying for jobs where they don’t really have all the qualifications in the hopes that they’ll attract a recruiter’s attention for something else, executives would be better off putting their energy into trying to build relationships with recruiters and networking with people who can refer them to the right recruiter. In fact, if they’re not a fit for the job themselves, executives who can provide a referral will be appreciated and put themselves in a good position to be considered for future opportunities. There’s nothing more precious to recruiters than their network, so if you are someone who feeds them quality candidates, they will value you and want to help you.



William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

2 Replies to "What Frustrates Recruiters"

  • M.J. Leonhardt
    November 4, 2015 (5:02 am)

    I agree with Lamar Jackson, however I do see the importance of fitting in a corporate culture. Having said that, I have experienced that the cultural fit card seems to be used quite “creatively”.

  • Lamar Jackson
    August 31, 2015 (12:47 pm)

    What items frustrate applicants with Search Firms and especially Corporate Recruiters are:
    Lack of proper descriptions for a position that is being advertised resulting in “unqualified” responses
    Recruiters not responding to returned calls or inquiries
    Using technology to eliminate qualified applicants because the criteria is too tight and even wrongly specified
    Assuming the salary expectations will be too high on experienced candidates without stating the current salary ranges
    Having interviews with HR gatekeepers who obviously have no idea of the requirements of the advertised position
    Culture fit – well this is just a modern day excuse for firms to eliminate qualified people because they are not like us.

    There are a lot of qualified people in the market who would add value to any organization if the organizations worked on the descriptions and expectations of the desired positions to help eliminate the unqualified responses, give the qualified applicants a better chance to rise to the top, and quit working so much about “culture” fit as long as they are a successful candidate. And, really explain to the gatekeepers what the positions need to be able to do…not just how to pronounce the title.

    Yes, this activity will cause some more work, but the return is to make the overall corporate hiring more effective for the long-term and create great success for everyone involved.

    Thanks, I enjoyed the article.