How Yoda Can Train You In The Ways Of Recruitment

Yoda is that individual in recruitment who has been doing it for so long that they are on the verge of receiving an award for their services to the industry and potentially a letter from the Queen, depending on how good they look for their sweet age of 900. Yoda in recruitment is the wise one that heads up your team. The recruiter with wisdom, experience and a minor lime tinge to their complexion. You are probably sat gawping at your Yoda right now.
So what can Yoda teach us about recruitment? We’ve taken 9 of Yoda’s most infamous quotes and packaged them up to give you all little food for thought where your career in recruitment is concerned. Enjoy!


“When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not”


Have a sense of humour. Yoda pokes fun at his age. Although, in his defence, he looks better than I imagine any recruiter would look if they reached the same old age. Life, let alone the recruitment profession, would be insanely dull if you constantly took yourself seriously.

Everyone has days where they’ll have bad conversations with prospective clients during business development sessions. It isn’t fun when you’re searching for new business and you’re consistently getting shot down. We all recognise that heavy heart feeling and it can be highly distressing. The best thing you can in this situation is to laugh it off and move on. Don’t dwell on the bad experiences. It isn’t worth it and life is too short, especially where your career is concerned.


“Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is”



Don’t believe that you know everything about everything all of the time. It is an unattractive trait and one that is instantly recognisable with your Dark Side counterparts. Appreciate the value of others, especially fellow members of your team who unmistakably have far more experience than you do. It’s not a crime to know less than someone else. You can learn so much by simply observing your more successful colleagues and taking note of the things that they do differently to you. Don’t assume you always know best because you probably don’t. There will always be a challenger opinion, but that opinion may be of exceptional value so don’t dismiss it.

“That is why you fail”


Yoda exhibits brutal honesty whilst providing meaningful teaching. Honesty and integrity are widely screamed about in recruitment as ‘core values’ which is great, but to be fruitful you need to practice what you preach. Being honest with clients and candidates not only earns you vast respect, but it manages the expectations of your contacts. Telling a candidate on the sly that you’re 95% sure they are the number one candidate in the process is just cruel. People change their minds all the time. Honesty is something that you should acknowledge throughout your entire recruitment career to become a recruitment Jedi.


“A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defence, never for attack”


Show compassion. You’re working closely with people during a sensitive situation. Human beings are highly emotive. A new job can be life changing for someone, especially if they’ve been with their current business for a significant length of time. This change can be daunting and many job-seekers may be slightly out of practice when it comes to the interview process. Don’t force someone into a situation that isn’t right for them in the interests of personal gain. You’ll find your job much more worthwhile in the end if you can say with conviction that you helped a lot of people find work, not to mention helped companies to grow with the best talent.

Use knowledge of your client’s business to explain in full to your candidate exactly what they are getting themselves into. As much as you’d like to shout from the hills about how great your client is, it means nothing if your candidate leaves after a week.


“Judge me by my size do you?”


Obviously Yoda is tiny and painfully adorable, but he is the perfect example of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. Discrimination on any grounds and in any profession is appalling. It should not be tolerated anywhere. We live in a society where equal opportunity is a major subject. It’s still something we are trying to get right. As recruiters, you should be advocates of this! Don’t dismiss a candidate who’s applied for a job with a perfect CV because they don’t quite match the ‘aesthetics’ of your clients business.


“Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things”


Do it for the right reasons. Yes, the money is great, especially if you’re good at the job and benefit from plenty of monthly commission. But it shouldn’t be the overriding reason that you do the job you do. Don’t forget you’re dealing with real lives. We spend the majority of our time at work, so where we decide to work is an incredibly important decision. Don’t just push a candidate into a role because all your mates are coming down from Newcastle next week and you want your commission by pay day. That not what it’s about.


“Fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering”



‘THE FEAR’. A phenomenon cited in most industries but can be particularly pertinent if you’re in recruitment and you HATE it. ‘The Fear’ usually rears its head on Sunday night. That heavy chested, nauseating, stomach cramping feeling is no fun for anyone. What Yoda teaches us here, is that fear is the worst emotion we can possess (in the case of our working lives for sure!). It’s good to feel a certain type of fear. For example, if you have an important client pitch for a cast iron PSL that you’ve been dying to win for years, you are likely to feel nervous. That’s natural! But consistent fear of your job and the workplace in general is going to lead to much bigger problems.


“Wars not make one great”



Conflict and aggression are two things that you should purposely avoid as a recruitment professional. You can get yourself in a lot of trouble, especially where clients are concerned, by allowing your frustrations to spiral out of control. Be humble in the way that you conduct yourself. If you can’t keep your emotions under wraps, you probably aren’t going to get very far. Some of the best recruitment professionals have a superhuman thick skin, which is essential for long-term survival.


“Do. Or do not. There is no try”



This is a great reminder to commit yourself to the greater recruitment cause. Win or lose, pledging to do something and delivering on it, whether that’s success or failure is your win. In recruitment terms, you may acquire a vacancy which is seemingly very difficult to fill. You might be tempted to sack it off in favour of something easier, but you need to make this decision immediately. Either do something or don’t do it. Don’t enter into a project with half a heart. Trying is important, but in recruitment it is more about persistence. The fact that you can demonstrate commitment is the most important thing. Candidates and clients alike will trust you for possessing this kind of attitude.

Go forth and use these teachings from Yoda in your recruitment career. However, if you need some help feel free to contact us on 0203 176 6677 and our Account Managers can help train you in the ways of a recruitment Jedi. Lightsaber optional.

May the Force be with you…


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