The Human Resources team has spent some time speaking to people in HR roles or people who hire HR professionals. In this post we list a few tricks of the trade gleaned from an interview with Tiamaki Bray, an HR Recruitment Specialist in the Department of Human Services for the State of Georgia.

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What Skills and Experiences are Must-Haves for an HR Recruitment Specialist

  • Eye for detail
  • Knowledge about the agency or job that she is recruiting for
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills
  • Decision-making skills

Common Interview Questions for an HR Recruitment Specialist

  • What types of applicant tracking systems have you worked with in the past?
  • Explain what full-cycle recruiting means to you.
  • Describe some ways you would advertise hard-to-fill positions.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to solve a problem or make a decision with limited or conflicting information.

What She Loves Most About Being an HR Recruitment Specialist

She loves everything about her job, especially the following:

  • The ability to make new and lasting relationships with co-workers
  • The fact that the leadership in her agency is open to different ideas
  • The ability to network with people
  • The travel that is involved
  • Meeting veterans at career fairs
  • Meeting students at college career fairs

What Challenges She Faces Day to Day

A lot of her co-workers have negative attitudes, so she has faced challenges with finding ways to redirect the negative energy. Employees’ negative energy can make it hard for her to assist them through the company’s changes. She also sometimes struggles with attracting the top candidates for positions. Finally, it can be challenging to come up with innovative training and development techniques for the current and new employees. 

What Steps She Took to Secure a Job

The primary step she took to get into her position was to become knowledgeable about the position itself, including its requirements, its location, and its salary. She did a lot of research on HR policies and procedures, took some HR and business classes, and joined the Society for Human Resource Management ( SHRM) as well as received certifications from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). She went to career fairs and shadowed the recruiter so she could gain knowledge in recruiting. 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree: Human resources, business, or any other related field
  • Work experience: HR assistant, customer service, or any other related field.
  • License or Certifications: Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), SHRM Certified Professionals (SHRM-CP), and SHRM Senior Certified Professionals (SHRM-SCP) 

Possible Job Titles for HR

HR Specialist: Training & Development HR Specialist: Compensation & Benefits Onboarding Specialist Employee Advocate
HR Specialist: Labor Relations HR Administrator Chief HR Officer Risk Management Specialist
HR Generalist HR Manager Deputy Director of HR People Services Specialist
HR Assistant HR Director Organizational Specialist Assistant Director of HR

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