Recruitment Quote: Inspiration And Motivation For Recruitment Professionals

Jun 1, 2018 | 0 comments

Sometimes we all need a little something to get us going at the start of a working day. Picture a cold, wet Monday morning in the middle of winter. You’ve been staring at your computer screen for the last ten minutes, scrolling aimlessly but not actually knuckling down to any real work. On days like these, a little inspiration is what’s needed. So, if you’re a recruiter that’s having one of those slow start days – and it happens to the best of us from time to time – then the collection of inspirational recruitment quotes we’ve put together in this post could provide the proverbial kick up the backside that you need to motivate you. Share a recruitment quote with your colleagues in the office when the going gets tough or as a motivational kick-starter on a Monday morning. We’ve grouped the quotes by themes, so whatever situation you are facing, you will be able to find the perfect quotation to keep you inspired.

Recruitment: The Big Picture

It’s a common tendency for all of us to get stuck in the minutiae of our daily work and often we fail to stick our heads up to see the big picture and our contribution to it. If day-to-day drudgery is getting you down then the following recruitment quotes may help you to get things in perspective.

Focus on a few key objectives…I only have three things to do. I have to choose the right people, allocate the right number of dollars, and transmit ideas from one division to another with the speed of light. So I’m really in the business of being a gatekeeper and the transmitter of ideas.

Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric


If we weren’t still hiring great people and pushing ahead at full speed, it would be easy to fall behind and become a mediocre company.

Bill Gates, principal founder, Microsoft Corporation


I am convinced that nothing is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.

Lawrence Bossidy, retired CEO of AlliedSignal


Recruitment is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. You can’t know enough in a one-hour interview. So, in the end, it’s ultimately based on your gut. How do I feel about this person? What are they like when they’re challenged? I ask everybody that: “Why are you here?” The answers are not what you’re looking for. It’s the meta-data.

Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO and chairman of Apple Inc.


In recruitment there are no good or bad experiences – just learning experiences!



Investment In Recruitment

The following selection of quotes serves as a great reminder of the importance of investing in recruitment. All that time, effort and resources are well worth it when you find the candidate who is absolutely perfect for the role and your business. What’s more, sometimes we need to remind ourselves of the huge potential costs of getting it wrong. So, if you have been searching for the right candidate for some time and have invested a considerable amount of company resources in the process, then check out these motivational quotes to remind you of the value of your investment.

As a business owner or manager, you know that hiring the wrong person is the most costly mistake you can make.

Brian Tracy, motivational public speaker and self-development author


If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.

Red Adair, firefighter


Development can help great people be even better, but if I had a dollar to spend, I’d spend 70 cents getting the right person in the door.

Paul Russell, director leadership and development, Google


I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money. I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.

Robert Bosch, founder of Bosch


Having to re-recruit, rehire, and retrain and wait for a new employee to get up to speed is devastating in terms of cost.

Patrick Lencioni, writer and author

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Recruitment And Startups

For startup companies, recruiting the right people can make the difference between success and failure. After all, any company is only as good as the people it hires. Use the quotes in this section to help you focus on what’s really important in the hiring process.

When you’re in a startup, the first ten people will determine whether the company succeeds or not. Each is 10 percent of the company. So, why wouldn’t you take as much time as necessary to find all the A players? If three were not so great, why would you want a company where 30 percent of your people are not so great? A small company depends on great people much more than a big company.

Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO and chairman of Apple Inc.


Great vision without great people is irrelevant.

Jim Collins, author and lecturer


Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do.

Malcolm Forbes, former chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Magazine


You don’t build a business, you build people and then people build the business.

Zig Ziglar, author, salesman and motivational speaker


Once you go from 10 people to 100, you already don’t know who everyone is. So at that stage you might as well keep growing, to get the advantages of scale.

Sergey Brin, co-founded Google


Selecting The Right People

Recruitment is all about matching the right people to the right job. It’s important when assessing candidates to dig below the superficial level, have an open mind and really get to know the individual, because it may well be that something you originally thought was a bad factor, could turn out to be a good one. Take, for example, the person who has changed jobs frequently. Your initial impression could be that they have no staying power. Dig a little deeper though and you discover that the person has a military spouse which has necessitated the need to move around a lot. However, the wide range of experience as well as their adaptability and flexibility makes them a desirable candidate to many employers.

Check out the following quotes all on the theme of selecting the right people for some more tips and inspiration.

In determining the right people, the good-to-great companies placed greater weight on character attributes than on specific educational background, practical skills, specialized knowledge or work experience.

Jim Collins, author and lecturer


Hire character. Train skill.

Peter Schutz, former president and CEO of Porsche


I hire people brighter than me and then get out of their way.

Lee lacocca, automobile executive


First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.

Leo Rosten, writer


If I were running a company today, I would have one priority above all the others: to acquire as many of the best people as I could [because] the single biggest constraint on the success of my organization is the ability to get and hang on to enough of the right people.

Jim Collins, author and lecturer


Life’s too short to hang out with people who aren’t resourceful.

Jeff Bezos,  founder, chairman, and CEO of Amazon


I would only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder, chairman, and CEO of Facebook

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Recruitment: Asking The Right Questions

At the end of the day, recruitment is all about asking the right questions in order to elicit the right information. What skills and attributes does the candidate need to be successful in the role you are recruiting for? That simple question masks a complex process to uncover the right information. And so, if you are looking for some inspiration around the right questions to ask, then this selection of quotes should provide food for thought.


Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers. 

Voltaire, philosopher


Questions provide the key to unlocking our unlimited potential.

Tony Robbins, author


My approach to interviewing is to ask the basic questions that might even sound naive, or not intellectual. Sometimes when you ask the simple questions like ‘Who are you?’ or ‘What do you do?’ you learn the most.

Brian Lamb, retired CEO of C-SPAN


You’re trying to find new ideas in people. I always think to myself, what question am I least comfortable asking the person? And then I make sure I ask it early in the interview.

Chuck Klosterman, author and essayist

crystal-ballThe Future Of Recruitment

What does the future hold for recruitment in the digital world? We can do all the crystal ball gazing we want, but none of us can see into the future. The quotes in this section, however, will provide food for thought on possible recruitment trends and issues. Take these into account when brainstorming ideas and developing your strategic approach to recruitment in the 21st century.

Recruitment IS marketing. If you’re a recruiter nowadays and you don’t see yourself as a marketeer, you’re in the wrong profession. If you’re not marketing, you’re not in it to win.

Matthew Jeffrey, global head of sourcing and employment brand, SAP


With more and more people being present online in many positions, the real challenge is the engagement with customers – and the end result depends more on selling than searching skills. What you have to realise, however, is that the way you search and who you search for impacts the difficulty of the sales efforts you have to make.

Vince Szymczak, sourcing expert at Randstad Sourceright


Today’s dynamic talent know the importance of investing in their own personal brand and they can better relate to organizations that make a commitment by having their own employer brand.

Ben Higgins, head of HR operations, Societe Generale


I’ve just hired a vice president using WhatsApp! Don’t let conservative minds keep you from using the technology of today.

Jan Bernhart, senior sourcing recruiter, NetApp


The competition to hire the best people will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge in this area.

Bill Gates, principal founder, Microsoft Corporation


The idea of ‘interview-less hiring’ is new and a trend we will see in the changing global job market.

Sebastian Thrun, CEO of the Kitty Hawk Corporation, chairman and co-founder of Udacity

humourSome Humorous Quotes To Finish

When the going gets tough, often a bit of humor goes a long way. Smiles and laughter are infectious and help to relieve tension and anxiety. So, if stress is affecting you or your team then the following quotes may provide the antidote you need to lighten the atmosphere.

Recently I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him, why would I want somebody to hire his experience?

Thomas John Watson Senior, businessman and former chairman and CEO of International Business Machines


Karma – the guy who pushed past me on the tube and then suggested I go **** myself just arrived for his interview…with me.

Matt Buckland, head of talent at LYST  

Recruitment Quotes: Inspire And Motivate

Inspiring quotes have the power to not only motivate, enlighten and encourage, they can also help us to refocus when our energy levels may have dipped. And they can be just as inspiring to our colleagues so share them on the office intranet, staff noticeboard or news bulletins. Recruitment can be tough so use these quotes to keep everyone on their A game.

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