No two days in recruitment are ever the same, whether you are dealing with a number of different people, solving complex queries or working on the latest attraction methods. Every day offers a variety of challenges and can evoke a range of emotions.

It can feel a bit like you’re a character in a low budget film. The genre varies from day to day – I am sometimes reminded of Action and Adventure but, in less fortunate cases, Crime and Horror spring to mind.

Often the importance of candidate engagement is prominent when thinking about a successful recruitment campaign. Obviously this is an extremely important stage of the process, but this is where your day can become unpredictable and take on the form of any genre. However, the initial screening process can mean the difference between you being the hero and the victim.

Screening has become such an automated process that we often forget that, without this being done properly, there won’t be any candidates to engage with.

To me, screening is consistently a rom-com. There are so many do’s and don’ts- it isn’t dissimilar to dating.

Don’t get desperate

It is important to take time out to find the right candidate or you could end up in the proverbial bed with the wrong person.

You need someone quickly, but why waste time and resource on the wrong candidates? If your gut feeling tells you they’re wrong, you’re probably right.

Do spend time reading the CV

You know the role and you’re on a tight schedule- it can be tempting to skim over CVs in a few seconds, take in the basics and make your decision. This is where romance can turn in to comedy.

You’ve read their name, you know their most recent or current role and a little bit about their education, but is this really enough?  You wouldn’t base the potential of a date on this information and you shouldn’t for a job either.

Don’t be seduced

I’ve never met a recruiter who doesn’t love to chat and network. Reading someone’s CV or application form gives us a unique look in to their life and experiences.

You get a good sense of someone’s personality and you may have even spoken to them on the phone and got on with them phenomenally well. If this is the case they may be a good companion for a catch up in Costa, but are they really a good fit for the role?

Always give screening the time it deserves.

Rom-coms might not be your thing, but if you can put up with participating for a short while, you won’t get caught up in a murder mystery later in the recruitment process.