I think that I'm like many people who get into recruiting: I enjoy working with people. The danger of this role is that the sheer volume of people we work with can wear you down. The longer you work in this business, the more nuts you meet. And the longer you work with some candidates, the more nutty they become.
Some people will burn you out and sometimes recruiters become hyper cynical about the people we work with, or even just about people in general. I've met them many times: colleagues who have had one too many nuts come past the table. So, everyone they meet just becomes one more nut and their attitude leaks cynicism at every turn.
I never want to become like that. So, I tend to err on the side of empathy with candidates and give them at least one shot of earning trust, no matter how much they act just like the last nut I met. But, you can go overboard that way too. You can make a mistake that invites a nut to become a stalker. I had that happen this week.
Anyone in the group have good ideas on keeping that balance between empathy and cynicism? At the same time, does anyone have ideas on keeping your candidates enthusiastic about your company, without giving them false hopes?
I tend to do my best to give candidates very real feedback, which I think helps. That's my default mode and it generally works. What works for you?