Finding the best candidate for the position and your organisation is the priority when recruiting, so it’s vital that you have skilled recruiters working for you to help you do just that.
The recruiter you choose will ultimately have a direct impact on the candidates that come through your door so it’s crucial that you do your research to ensure that your recruiter fully understands your business’s needs and working environment.
We’ve taken a look at what you should be factoring in when choosing the recruiter who will help your business to grow.
Are they sincere in helping you find the right applicants?
You need to find a recruiter that knows your company inside out, or is at least prepared to get to know it. Their knowledge should far exceed just understanding what your company does, they should also know your core beliefs and values as well as understanding the personalities that make up your company culture.
When you speak to them, you’ll soon discover whether the relationship will work. If they ask lots of questions and seem super inquisitive, chances are they’re pretty interested in your business. To ensure your recruiter really gets under the skin of your organisation, invite them to spend time with your team discovering what it is that motivates them to work hard for your company.
Do they know much about your industry?
Many businesses will contemplate going for the most well-known recruiter in a bid to cast a wide open net. Whilst this will most definitely help your listing get noticed, it may not be as effective in finding the right candidate.
Whatever your sector, chances are there’s a recruitment agency specialising in in your industry. This means that they will have an insight into and an understanding of your sector, as well as a pre-established network of high calibre candidates ready to contact.
Specialist recruiters are also incredibly appealing to candidates at the top of their field, with many choosing to go directly to the specialist as they will be aware of their established presence and network in the industry.
If you would prefer to go with a general agency, check who is on their client list. If there are any that are similar to your company, then this is a good indication of whether they’re right for you.
Just how much do they cost?
Always do your research before agreeing to anything. When you get a proposed pricing for their services, have a look around and see what their competitors are offering. If their pricing is outrageously cheap compared to others then consider finding out why.
An upfront recruiter is an honest recruiter. When you come to an arrangement about pricing, make sure you get the arrangement in writing. Be aware of whether there are any hidden or extra costs.
Most recruitment agencies will be likely to offer a rebate or a replacement guarantee in the case of a new employee not quite working out; so be sure to ask what their policy is on this – again get it in writing.
How long have they been around for?
Never underestimate the value of experience. Recruiters with years of experience will be aware of some of the most commonly used tricks so will be able to separate the credible candidates from the rest.
Get to know who you’ll be working with and ask yourself whether you can be clear and honest with them; then consider if they’ll pay you the same curtesy. If you’re not sure, you may want to look around at other options.
There are many things to consider when choosing the right recruiter for you, so take the time and effort to do your research.
The recruiter you decide to go with should be one that you can see your company using for future job searches; so make sure to do your research and don’t end up wasting time and resources on the wrong agency.
About the Author
Adam Maidment is a content writer for Portfolio Credit Control, the expert recruiters for credit management and legal credit control roles in the UK.