How to Find a Recruiter You Can Love
Talk of relationships and love is common at this this time of year, so we thought we'd look at how you can build a great relationship with a recruitment agency you can grow to love.
When done well, a recruiters' job is to ensure you get the right person in place with as little hassle to you as possible. Like all industries, there are some of dubious reputation out there, but many professional, genuine providers exist. Much like with dating, this is a two-way street, and there are certain rules to follow to help you find the right one:
- Do a bit of research and find out which agencies are in your area. Don’t discount the smaller, independent agencies: their owners and directors are much more engaged in daily operations and you often benefit from extensive experience at senior levels. There is also more at stake personally for them to fill your positions. The larger, well known high street agencies can often provide excellent service too but it will vary from branch to branch, and consultant to consultant, so make sure you contact whoever will be directly managing your recruitment process.
- Meet with the recruiter at your premises. It is extremely difficult to recruit for a role with just a job specification. It’s a bit like walking into a car dealership and telling them to give you the right car, without telling them your budget, what colours you like, what size the car should be, and whether you require an automatic or manual transmission.
- Communicate and feedback in a candid and timely manner. Nobody likes having their calls avoided when they’ve put a lot of time and effort into the relationship up front. Good feedback also helps your recruiter to improve services and matches by building a more comprehensive picture of your likes and dislikes.
- Appreciate their effort. Most people like somebody to notice the effort they have gone to….even if the finished product doesn’t quite look like they’ve spent 3 hours on their hair! Clients often receive CV’s within a few days or a week of placing a vacancy with an agency and assume these have just been “pulled off a system” somewhere. Good recruiters spend a lot of money and hours on advertising, screening, interviewing, rejecting unsuitable candidates, and preparing suitable ones. It just looks easy from your side of the fence. The best appreciation you can show is by paying a reasonable fee so that the recruiter can spend the time and effort required to do a good job.
- Make sure you’re working with a recruiter that is there to support and assist you and not one that see’s you as just a cash-cow. These are the ones that want to work in partnership with you. Share your future hopes and plans and trust that they will suggest people that could be good for your business even when you may not be proactively looking.
- Don’t spread your love too thinly. You will get better commitment, and results, by using one or two well engaged, good recruiters. Using four or five agencies at a time means more work for you and less effort from the recruiters involved. If you reduce their possible chance of success they will concentrate on vacancies, and clients, that have shown them more loyalty and given them a real opportunity to place.
If you currently tolerate, or are ambivalent towards your recruitment supplier, first ask yourself whether you are helping to make the relationship workable. If you are then you may want to change supplier.
One of the things we find helps is if the ethics and values of the company match yours. Peruse ours on www.recruitrecruit.co.uk/what-we-do or call now to arrange a chat over a coffee on 01902 763006. We’ll even bring the biscuits!
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