This question was asked in a discussion group on LinkedIn by Jorg Stegemann. Here is how I answered it.
Like the question. I have been asking it for 30 years. I do not believe there is a number one trait. There are several traits that come together in a perfect storm. For some recruiters one trait stands out and for others another stands out. So here is my recipe of traits. Ability to engage with people and communicate your sincere interest, organization, higher than normal confidence in yourself the ability to get up and keep going after defeat with a strong work ethic in your sails.As I said I do not believe there is a priority to any of these traits. I have worked with successful recruiters who demonstrate these skills in different order, but they must all be there.