It happens to the best of us.
You start settling into a comfortable work routine and, before you know it, that routine becomes a rut. You’re doing the same things, day in and day out, and while you may be keeping everything afloat, you have a nagging feeling that you could be doing a lot more to take your recruiting practice to the next level.
So how do you move past a career plateau? By changing things up! There are many ways to do this – you can start small by making little adjustments to your daily workflow, or go big by starting a new company project.
Here are a few fun ways for campus recruiters to break out of their comfort zone.
Mix up your interview questions
When it comes to conducting interviews, every recruiter has their own list of go-to questions. However, even students and grads who are new to the job hunt know the typical queries to prepare for and will have a canned response at the ready for a question like “What is your greatest strength?”
If you really want to see if your candidate can think on their feet, turn a popular interview question on its head. For example, instead of asking “Why are you a great fit for our company?”, ask “Why is our company a great fit for you?” The first question may have your candidate rambling off a bunch of buzzwords that they think you want to hear. The second will show you whether your candidate really did their homework when evaluating your organization as a potential employer. It will also provide insight into the aspects of your company that are most attractive to applicants, which you can then apply to your recruitment strategy.
Experiment with tech
While most recruiters today are social media savvy and know how to craft a solid tweet, there’s a whole world of potential tech that you can use to engage top student and new grad talent. For example, podcasts are a popular medium for millennials looking to consume information on the go. You can subscribe to some recruitment podcasts to gain insights from industry leaders, and use them as inspiration to create your own.
You could also go big like GE and use the latest tech to showcase your company culture. They combined two recent trends – drones and Periscope – to give viewers a digital tour of their facilities and give a potential candidates a glimpse into the Oil and Gas industry.
Think like an “intrapreneur”
An intrapreneur is a kind of employee that identifies gaps within an organization and proposes a solution. It’s not an easy role to fill; it requires a lot of critical thinking and initiative to get a new idea off the ground. Nevertheless, channeling your inner entrepreneur can really help get those creative juices flowing again.
For example, if your company is looking for new ways to evaluate candidates, you could propose launching a TalentEgg Challenge. This online platform allows employers to leverage the intellectual power of students and recent grads to solve real-world industry problems. As a recruiter, Challenges give you the chance to see how a potential hire could perform on-the-job long before the interview stage.
Go beyond the campus fair
Campus fairs are one of the best ways to directly interact with students and build your employer brand, but they’re not the only way! Recruiting on campus can take many forms. For instance, if you’re looking to reach a specific audience, you could look into partnering with campus clubs and organizations that align with your brand.
TalentEgg also offers plenty of ways to amplify your campus recruitment efforts. As the most popular online resource in Canada for students and grads looking for meaningful, career launching opportunities, there’s no better place to share your recruitment message and job opportunities to attract top Gen Y talent.
Get a change of scenery
Sometimes, the simplest way to get out of your comfort zone is to, quite literally, go somewhere new. In fact, research shows that experiencing a change in environment can spark different synapses in the brain and may have the potential to make you more creative.
While it might not be feasible to take a vacation in the middle of recruitment season, attending a conference is a great way to break away from your routine and learn something new! Our upcoming TalentEgg Awards & Conference attracts campus recruiters from a wide range of industries and organizations across Canada. Who knows – that conversation you strike up with the person beside you could be the beginning of a beautiful professional relationship.
There’s no eggs-cuse for getting stuck in a campus recruiting rut! These fun and easy tips will help you rediscover your creative side in no time.
Discussion: How do you get creative with your campus recruitment strategy?