6 Essential Strategies To Help The Candidate Trust The Recruiter

In today’s article, I’m are going to share 6 strategies that recruiters can do to get the trust of the candidates.

We all know Communications skills are so important for HR Professionals, after all, HR’s are the ones interacting with all stakeholders of a Recruitment Process. But how can we use communication skills with the candidates? How can we approach and get the candidate’s trust using communication Skills?

Here are some tips for us recruiters to have in mind in our daily work while recruiting:


1. Become genuinely interested in other people.

“You can make more friends in two months by being interested in them, than in two years by making them interested in you”. Showing interest in the candidate’s background will make the candidate happily talk about him/herself about all the things they’ve been doing.


2. Smile.

Happiness does not depend on outside circumstances, but rather on inward attitudes. Smiles are free to give and have an amazing ability to make others feel wonderful. Smile in everything that you do.


3. Remember that a person’s name is – to that person -, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

“The average person is more interested in their own name than in all the other names in the world put together.” We can make people feel extremely valued and important by remembering their names. This will definitely make the candidate feel unique and not just another candidate.


4. Be a good listener.

Encourage others to talk about themselves. The easiest way to become a good conversationalist is to become a good listener. To be a good listener, we must actually care about what that person has to say. Find in each candidate an interesting person that you are meeting.


5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interest.

The royal road to a person’s heart is to talk about the things he or she treasures most. If we talk to people about what they are interested in, they will feel valued and value us in return.


6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.

The golden rule is to treat other people how we would like to be treated. We love to feel important and so does everyone else. People will talk to us for hours if we allow them to talk about themselves. If we can make people feel important sincerely and appreciatively, then we will win all the friends we could ever dream of. Simple gestures are the better ones: a personalized email, a personal message will engage the candidate with the recruiter.


Inspired in the book “How to make friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie we can adapt easily this communication strategies to the HR Recruitment processes and definitely engage and get the trust of the candidates increasing the chances of hiring them.

By João Penouço,
The Digital Nomad

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