Trick-or-Treating for Recruiters

Halloween is a fun time for children and adults to dress up and go trick-or-treating. This holiday ritual involves going to houses in hopes of receiving candy. However, in some cases, for “treats” some homeowners give out pencils, pretzels, or apples. In these situations, people feel as though they have been “tricked” into believing they would be getting a sweet treat.

In the recruiting world, this routine isn’t done once a year but year-round, and recruiters have had their fair hand of “tricks.” One of the most common tricks is when a recruiter goes out and searches for the perfect candidate for a client. We connect with them, help them with the process of submitting their resume, prep them for the interview, and talk with the client to ensure the candidate is receiving the top benefits, and then before everything is finalized the candidate comes back to say they made an offer with someone else. We see this all the time, where we finally get the star candidate who matches perfectly with a position and then at the last second leaves.

As a recruiter, you have to keep in mind that you might be tricked at any point in the process. Other examples include when we find an applicant and the client comes back saying they want something else, or the applicant sounds amazing on their resume and on the phone screen turns out to be a completely different person.

Luckily, there are always treats to keep recruiters going. Some treats come from candidates themselves. This is when we find a person for a job and they give a reference to someone else. These references could turn into our next candidate, client, or future sale.

The best treat I get as a recruiter is the satisfying moment of knowing I helped someone get a job. While recruiters are looking to fill a position, we are also making connections with our candidates. We learn a lot more than someone’s resume; we learn the back-story of where they came from and hear about where they want to be. Then getting a chance to place them in a position that can send them down the path to their dream job, or even place them in their dream job, brings a fuzzy feeling of knowing you did your job right.

Happy Halloween to everyone, and good luck on your trick-or-treating!


Written by Katie Jones, Talent Agent at Vector Talent Resources. For more information about how Vector can help with your next career move, contact Katie at

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