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Complete with job descriptions, skill profiles, and interview templates. Use this Recruiter hiring guide to help you make the right decisions, fast.

HOW TO HIRE A Recruiter

What does a Recruiter do?

A recruiter’s role is to match suitable candidates to job opportunities on behalf of employers. Recruiters typically specialize in a specific industry or area. A recruiter may specialize in financial planning within the banking and finance sector, or only work with hiring managers and candidates looking for contract work. This means they have an intimate knowledge of the market – what employers are looking for, what jobs are in demand, what positions are available within the sector, who’s applying for roles and what a stand out candidate looks like.

Day to day tasks of a Recruiter

Skills assessment

Recruiter definition

A recruiter finds qualified candidates for a job opening and works to meet the demands of both the employer and the employee throughout the hiring process. The recruiter owns the end-to-end process of talent acquisition.

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Recruiter Hiring Process

Step 1: Understand the role
Step 2: Source Applicants
Step 3: Skills Assessment
Step 4: Interview
Step 5: Hire

Build the Ideal Candidate Profile​

To find the best person for the role, you need to understand what the role involves. You can complete this with the hiring manager to define the role, its contribution, and the skills needed.

Write A Job Description Based On Skills

Once you understand the requirements for the role, you’ll need to understand the skills for success. You can then write an effective job description to promote your role.

Selecting The Ideal Candidate

See which applicants have the right skills for the role. Send all your applicants a Vervoe skills assessment from the expert library, or customize one for your organization.

Interview Top Performers

Your skills assessment results will identify top performers. Focus your time on interviewing those that have met or exceeded your requirements. Assessment results will also help guide which skill areas to focus on in the interview.

Making An Offer

Once you assess your candidates against these skills, you’re ready to offer the top performer(s). You should base your offer on the value that the candidate would bring to your team and your business as a whole. It is also important to ensure your compensation and benefits packages are competitive in the industry and help you attract and retain the top talent.
Build the ideal candidate profile

Skills needed for a Recruiter

A marketing assistant must have excellent stakeholder management skills and a good understanding of the content requirements for marketing. They will be across all forms of social media and understanding various marketing strategies at a high level.

Pro Tip

Communication is key when it comes to recruiters and their candidates. Candidates feel at ease when they are kept up to date with any roles they have applied for. Keep an eye out for any applicants who place importance on communicating with stakeholders.


How to write a Recruiter job description

Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position. Here’s what to include in your Recruiter job description:

Job Title: What position are you hiring for?

Summary: What makes your company unique? What would it be like to work for you?

Responsibilities: An overview of the role’s day-to-day activities, and how the position contributes to the organization

Requirements: Skills a candidate must have to perform the job successfully

Benefits: Details of compensation, benefits, and any perks on offer

Pro Tip

In building your candidate profile, remember you’ve already identified what skills are needed to succeed in the role. Here’s where to list your “must-have” skills and maybe a couple of “nice-to-have” skills. For example, a Recruiter must be comfortable negotiating with candidates in a calm and respectful manner. They should have developed interpersonal and social skills, as this role is people-centric.

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Sample skill tests for a Recruiter

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Question 1


Question Type: Video

You’re working with a candidate who has been offered a role by your stakeholder and another organization at the same time. They are weighing both options.

What would you do in this situation?

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Question 2


Question Type: Text

You are working as a recruiter for a large organization that has a high volume of candidates applying for each role which makes it difficult to review each one. Further, you’re noticing that some of the hiring managers are biased to hiring candidates who attended the same university that they did.

Briefly outline a strategy to help with these issues.

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Question 3


Question Type: Text

You have been called by a stakeholder to take in a job for an entry-level Marketing Associate role.

List the questions you will ask during the meeting to ensure you have all of the information required to effectively fill the role. Feel free to number or bullet point where needed.


How to interview a Recruiter

Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The interview should focus on any skills that require development that were highlighted from the skills assessment.

Now you know that candidates can do the job, the interview becomes more of a relationship building exercise where you can get to know the candidate on a more personal level, understand their motivations, and how they would fit in with the team.

Making An Offer

How much does it cost to hire a Recruiter?

The US average for a Recruiter is $53,000 according to, while the reported average salary on amounts to $53,200. 90% of Recruiters earn up to $81,000 with 75%receiving less than $64,000. The lowest-paid 10% is paid up to $37,000.

Recruiter Salary United States

Recruiter salaries in the United States range from $37,000 – $81,000 (USD). Recruiter salaries in the US vary a lot depending on the industry and the career experience the Recruiter has.



Recruiter Salary United Kingdom

Recruiter salaries in the United Kingdom range from £20,000 – £51,000 (GBP). Recruiter salaries in the UK vary largely based on the industry and the career experience the Recruiter has.


Recruiter Salary Australia

Recruiter salaries in Australia range from $45,000 – $90,000 (AUD). Recruiter salaries usually depend on commission, the industry, and the career experience the Recruiter has.