The day in the life of a recruiter

By G2VCareers on 28 June, 2017

Just another day in the office – or not?

When you’re just out of university and looking for a job, it’s tough to know what the reality of a working day is like. We know it’s all just guesswork at this stage, so we wanted to give you an idea of what it might be like to join G2V Recruitment as a trainee consultant. This a brilliant industry to work in, and the financial rewards are nothing short of life-changing, so here’s our version of ‘A typical day in the life of a trainee recruitment consultant’. Are you ready?

Meeting picture.pngclock-1.png7.30am
Wake up, drink coffee, check emails, get your brain in gear for the day while in the shower.

Arrive at the office, looking the part of course. More coffee. More emails. Get to grips with anything urgent and prioritise your list of actions for the next hour.

Check on all the candidates you have lined up for interview today. Do they know where they are going? Will they get there on time? Warn your clients if any might be late. Respond to emails from clients about new opportunities, start to search the candidate database for suitable people. Call them to gauge interest and then shortlist CV's to send to clients.

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Review CV from new candidate. He looks good and you can already think of a couple of possible roles he might be suitable for. Email the clients and let them know, send CVs over and set up interviews. Call the candidates who have just had their interviews this morning to see how they went. Then call the clients and get their side of the story!      

Take a call from a client who interviewed one of your candidates last week. It’s bad news. Spend a few minutes understanding what went wrong, so you can pass on a positive version of the feedback, and help them to improve for next time. Write ads for the new vacancies that came in late last night and get those loaded to the website.

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Team.pngMeeting with your G2V mentor to chat about how things are going. Share some concerns about your phone skills and whether the sales calls you’re making every day are effective. They talk you through it and discuss areas for extra training.


Grab a sandwich and head off to a lunchtime minute 'espresso' training session, a regular event which covers a range of basic sales and recruitment principles for new graduate consultants. Get back to your desk and hit the phones, trying to catch prospective clients while on lunchbreak.

tele g2v.pngclock-1.png2.00pm
Handle a flurry of candidate calls and voicemails which come in during lunch, some interested in one of the new jobs you posted on the website, and one canceling an interview for later in the day. Call the client to let them know and explain the candidate took a different offer.

Check your to do list and make sure any outstanding actions are dealt with. Call a client to take a full brief on a new senior opportunity they have. Chat to your mentor for advice on shortlisting, as it’s such a high profile position.

Experienced Recruiters.pngclock-1.png4.00pm
Take a call from a client confirming they’d like to make an offer to one of your candidates. It’s not as much as you, or they had hoped – but after 10 minutes discussion you agree some extra benefits which you think will swing it. Call the candidate and leave a message with details.

Review cold emails from prospective candidates which have come in during the day. Shortlist a handful and call them back/leave messages to arrange interviews. Email the rest to let them down gently. Take half an hour to clear your inbox and prioritise actions for tomorrow.

Rattle through a list of cold calls with potential clients, trying to catch them as they are finishing work but still haven’t left the office. Take calls from two other clients who had interviews with your candidates this morning. One good outcome. One not so good!

Go home and jump in the shower, new clothes (and drinking shoes!) on.

Head out to meet the team for dinner and something cold with bubbles. And relax . . . until tomorrow! 

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g2v careers social post 16.pngIf you like the sound of this, and all that a career in recruitment has to offer, apply to join us by emailing your CV to our talent acquisition team -

You can also find out more about a career with G2V by visiting our YouTube channel. We’re looking forward to meeting you! In the meantime we'll leave you with this short video >> 

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Written by G2VCareers