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Going for gold: How does an athlete's mentality apply in recruitment?

by Leilani Janchote - about 2 months ago

The team at Oscar have been asking themselves ‘How can an athlete’s mindset help in the recruitment industry?’.

The athlete's mindset is one to be admired. Not only do athletes physically prepare, but they must have mental toughness to become a winner too.

There are many ways in which  athletes mentally prepare before competing. Setting goals, rituals, mindfulness and learning from failure  are all key activities practised by athletes.

At Oscar, many of our recruitment consultants have a love of sport and carry that mentality into their working lives.

Having mental toughness as a recruiter is vital. Resilience, targets, and failing are all parts of the job. However, it’s what you learn and work on that can make your career.

We asked our recruiters a few questions about how an athletic mentality helps them be the best they can be, here’s what they said:

Q1, Our recruitment consultants were asked which of these aspects of an athlete’s psyche most applied in their careers; persistence, positive realism, humility, vulnerability, and lack of regrets.

85% of respondents said that ‘persistence’ was the most important quality for recruiters to possess. ‘Positive realism’ and ‘humility’ were also felt to be important qualities, splitting the remainder of the responses equally.

Q2, Many athletes set very clear progression goals. How does setting goals help you?

“It's not just about goal setting but also recognising and planning the steps to get there. In recruitment you don't have time to think about what to do next, you should always already know what is coming.”Rick Duffield, Principal Consultant - Tech, US. Sports: Five times national champion in American Football.

“It helps with resilience. Ticking off daily goals provides a feeling of achievement and helps you to remain focused as you move toward greater goals.” Louis Singleton, Managing Consultant - Tech Sales, UK. Sport: Rugby.

“It’s something to work towards and gives personal measures for consistent success and progression.”Kevin Holt, Managing Director, USA. Sports: Football and Cycling.

Q3, A lot of athletes learn from their mistakes and that goes for recruiters too. What's the most valuable lesson you've learned from a mistake you've made?

“If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail” Colin Frontczak, Lead Consultant - Tech, UK.

“To take a step back. Breathe. Pause and think about a time when something didn't go to plan. I ask myself: ‘What was my process? What did I not do that I should have done? What could I have done differently? What will I do next time?’.” Rob Payne, Lead Consultant, -Construction, USA. Sports: Hockey, soccer, tennis and squash.

“You are not defined by that mistake and that everyone makes them. And that as long as you have the appetite to learn and improve and avoid that same mistake again you become a better athlete/recruiter.” - Spencer Ryan, Consultant - Tech, UK. Sports: Football, rugby and gymnastics

Q4, Behind every athlete is a fantastic coach. What's the most important lesson you have learned from a manager or leader?

“My coach once said to me: a bad coach says: 'This is what you’re doing wrong. Now improve.’ A great coach says: ‘Here's what we are doing wrong, here's how we move forward.’.”Sophie Binder, Lead Consultant, Tech, UK. Sports: Hockey, triathlon, and duathlon.

“Mindset is everything. The biggest barrier we have as individuals to achieving success is how we can let our minds manipulate or define us. Striving for a positive mental attitude and having the ability to self-critique and continually learn is key.”Rob Payne.

“How to spin everything to be positive, and to work smarter not harder.” Ross Townsend, Senior Consultant Tech, UK. Sports: Jiu Jitsu

Do you have the mental toughness to be a recruiter? Join a team with an elite mindset and become a part of Oscar today. We are currently hiring for a range of trainee recruitment consultant jobs.

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