Finding and hiring the right recruiter can be a time-investing process. But with the right set of questions, you’ll be able to spot top recruiters a lot more seamlessly. To help in your search for recruiters who truly knock it out of the park, we’ve compiled a list of questions worth asking during their interviews.

  1. How has your recruiting process changed and evolved? Recruitment is an industry that is constantly evolving. As the job market changes, as do recruiting processes. A smart recruiter will be able to adapt to the trends and update accordingly. Changes such as the Covid-19 pandemic, remote work, and new tech should always be considered.
  2. Can you provide any production numbers or retention rates from your previous roles? Experienced recruiters should be able to back up their success with data and numbers. Take note of their ability to answer this question. You never want a recruiter who struggles with vetting candidates or who rushes to fill roles, rather than focusing on the quality of candidates.
  3. What technology do you use in your recruiting process? As we stated, technology, especially in the world of recruiting and sales, is something that is always changing and improving. You want your recruiters to not only be familiar and experienced with certain technologies, but to remain open-minded to new hiring efficiencies.
  4. What was your relationship like with your previous manager? A successful recruiter is one who builds and maintains strong, long-lasting relationships. This applies not only to clients and candidates, but to team members and managers as well. Be sure to inquire what your candidate learned from their previous manager(s). This will give you some insight on how well they communicate, their ability to give and receive constructive feedback, and how their partnership positively impacted the company.
  5. Tell me about a time when your recruiting process went wrong? How did you handle it and what did you learn from this experience? This is a common interview question in general, but is especially relevant in recruiting. Every recruiter makes mistakes, but their response to those mistakes is where you’ll notice a difference in how they grow and learn from failure.
  6. How do you continue to build your personal brand? Creating a personal brand as a recruiter is essential to success when building a strong community pool. Take note of the way they utilize their LinkedIn platform, including which groups they join, the type of content they post, and how they interact with their connections.

Interested in recruiting for an innovative, tech-forward recruitment firm? Check out the careers at Green Key. Your next step in your recruiting career could be right around the corner!

J.P. Morgan Foresees Moderate Growth, No Recession In 2020

Predicting 2020 “will be a year of moderate global growth and contained inflation, with risks skewed to the downside,” J.P. Morgan Asset Management last week released its second annual Global Alternatives Outlook.

The report offers a look across key alternative asset classes over the next year to 18-months, with a focus on hedge funds, private credit, real estate and private equity.

The broad outlook, according to J.P. Morgan, is more optimistic, if cautiously so, than economists and analysts have been in the last year or two. Says the report, “The trajectory of growth in 2020 will likely be uninspiring, with the rest of the world looking a bit better but the U.S. economy growing at a trend-like pace. The risk of recession should remain contained, but other risks may continue to build. The pace of profit growth looks set to decelerate further on the back of falling margins, which could potentially lead businesses to pull back on hiring.”

“In sum, 2020 looks to be a year of moderate growth, contained inflation and accommodative policy. While the potential for a further deterioration in corporate profitability presents a risk to this view, a recession over the next 12 months is not our base case.”

For hedge funds, the report sees opportunities from the ongoing digital transformation of industry, “fueling capex and rising demand for software and services.” Fund managers should “increase the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria and sustainability across their businesses and investment activities.” And, “Value is seen as one of our best bets.”

For private credit, “we are witnessing demand for exposure to U.S. housing and consumer credit. One popular strategy has been mortgage origination to the self-employed and those who are strong financially but are disqualified by their FICO score.” Other opportunities exist in distressed lending and non-performing bank loans and in commercial mortgage lending.

For private equity, the report sees opportunities in small private companies, those with revenues between $10 million and $100 million. In addition, “E-commerce, cybersecurity, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) are a few areas where we continue to see tremendous promise.”

For real estate the strongest US potential J.P. Morgan sees is in single-family rentals, biotech, self-storage and data centers.

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