Summer 2019: Gitte Peeraer graduates from KUL with a master's degree Applied Economics with option in Personnel & Organisation and starts her search for a first job. She soon ends up at Walters People, where she starts her career as a Recruitment Consultant in the Antwerp office.
Now, 2 years later, she is ready for a new challenge. And she found it quickly: from now on she will be focusing entirely on finding and helping to train new staff at Walters People, in the role of Talent Acquisition & Learning Specialist.
After countless interviews and placements over the past 2 years, Gitte knows best how to tell us what is expected from a Recruitment Consultant and what a typical day looks like. In this article she explains exactly what the job entails, what we expect from you and of course what you can expect from us, what the application process looks like and you also get a glimpse of the growth path at Walters People.
What does a Recruitment Consultant do?
Gitte: "As a Recruitment Consultant at Walters People you are responsible for managing and expanding your client portfolio. This means that you manage to bring in new clients for Walters People and find new staff for them. You mediate between these two parties and aim for a perfect match between client and candidate.
You publish client jobs and look for suitable candidates by actively approaching them via LinkedIn for example. You screen the reactions that come in and interview candidates, to get the best possible impression of them. Once you have found a good match, you link this person to a suitable company within your portfolio.
In the meantime, you have a lot of contact with your clients; they like to consult you about their recruitment needs. You listen carefully to the client's wishes and give appropriate advice, without losing sight of your own objectives. In the initial phase, you make sure that matters such as the salary for the position and the deadline by which you must deliver candidates are clearly agreed.
You will be part of a specialised recruitment team that focuses, for example, on Finance or Business Support vacancies. This will enable you to develop substantive knowledge of the field you are recruiting in and to properly advise employers and job seekers. The team consists of colleagues with various levels of experience, from whom you can learn.”
Gitte: "The above may seem a lot at first glance, but there is an entire team behind you. After all, teamwork is particularly important at Walters People. Everyone, and especially school leavers who start with us, receive personal daily guidance from managing consultants and the team manager. But there is more: regular training sessions are organised in the other offices of the Robert Walters Group. This allows you to get to know colleagues abroad and gain a broader understanding of the job. Because you learn the most from each other, right?
This team spirit is not only found in our work, but in everything we do. Hard work: yes, but we have just as much fun! Kicker tournament at the office, afterwork drinks to celebrate big and small successes, team lunch, team building days with all employees, and of course our legendary Christmas parties and international incentives."
This is what a standard day at Walters People looks like:
- 30% approaching potential candidates and clients
- 30% interviewing candidates
- 15% appointments with clients
- 15% internal consultation
- 10% administration and follow-up
What do we expect from you?
- Bachelor or master's degree
- Strong communication and commercial skills, and affinity with sales
- Excellent level of Dutch and/or French and English
- Competitive, persuasive, enthusiastic, result-oriented, empathic
What can you expect from us?
- Being part of a top team with a family atmosphere
- A training and career path mapped out for you
- Participation in regular teambuilding activities and international incentives
- The chance to be part of an international group with great growth opportunities
And of course:
- A competitive salary, including bonus based on your results
- Company car and fuel card
- Holiday pay and end of year bonus
- Meal vouchers
- Group and hospitalisation insurance
The recruitment process at Walters People
- Telephone interview with the internal recruiter
- After 1-2 days you come to one of our offices for an initial interview with the recruitment team
- Within 1-4 days we arrange an interview with the hiring manager
- After 2-6 days, an interview with the Managing Director Belgium, followed by an interview with the Managing Director Benelux & Germany
- If the interview goes well, you will receive an offer
Your growth path at Walters People
As a recent graduate you will start at Walters People as a Recruitment Consultant. If you already have previous (recruitment) experience, you may be able to start in the next step of the growth path. But no matter where you start, a full training programme is designed for you.
In these training courses you will learn sales interview techniques, sales opportunity analysis, time management, recruitment systems, candidate and client management, pitching, negotiating, interviewing and writing vacancies. Did you know that all our Managers, Senior Managers and Associate Directors have also completed this growth path?
Would you like to find out more about career opportunities at Walters People?
Then be sure to read what our staff have to say.