Recruitment officer

The recruitment officer’s mission is to find profiles for the needs, that are entrusted to him/her, in other words to recruit for new positions. Depending on the scope of action, this often involves sourcing on recruitment platforms, then conducting interviews. His/her purpose is to find the profile that best matches the need in terms of both skills and personality.

What does a recruitment officer do?

  • Identifies the need by collecting information about the position to be filled (experience, skills, profile, missions).
  • Writes and publishes job offers.
  • Searches for relevant profiles on the various platforms available or uses sourcing to select a number of candidates.
  • Contacts selected profiles to validate that they are coherent with the needs before organizing an interview.
  • Conducts interviews, sometimes in foreign languages.
  • Depending on the position, there may be additional functions such as managing relations with partner schools, proposing improvements to the recruitment process, monitoring recruits, etc.

What is his/her main know-how?

  • Excellent evaluation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (listening and persuasion)
  • Mastery of several languages in an international environment
  • Organizational skills

What are his/her main soft skills?

  • Discipline
    Discipline is important in recruitment. With a very large volume of CVs every day, it is easy to miss important details. It is important to know how to note all the necessary information and not to miss any steps during the recruitment process.
  • Listening skills
    A recruitment manager needs to listen to the request in order to correctly identify the position. He/she also needs to listen to the candidates in order to optimize the correlation between the position and the person’s wishes.
  • Openness
    A recruitment officer is in contact with people from all walks of life and must remain open to the specificities of each profile and keep as objective a mindset as possible.
  • Curiosity
    This position often implies specialization in a field or sector of activity. It is therefore necessary to maximize knowledge about the sector and the various related professions.

Working environment

The majority of Recruitment officers’ activity is receiving and making calls from their office. However, he/she may be required to travel in the field to find out about a position, to a client’s premises to present a candidate, or to HR forums, etc. A recruitment officer can work in a company (public or private), in a recruitment firm or a consulting firm.

Career prospects

Salary range at first job: between 26 and 35k€ (depending on the sector and type of company).

Perspectives d’évolution : les postes les plus souvent obtenus suite à des expériences significatives en recrutement sont les suivants: 

Career prospects: the positions most often obtained following significant experience in recruitment include Recruitment Manager (once sufficient experience has been gained to manage a team of recruiters), HR Consultant, Mobility manager.


What training to become a recruitment officer?

ISIT offers students interested in becoming a recruitment officer the opportunity to train with our master’s degree in intercultural management.