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Companies: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Recruiter

September 12, 2019
Using a Recruitment Firm can be an effective way to reach top talent and hard-to-find candidates, but it's important to do your homework and ask the right questions to ensure you and your company will get the most out of working with recruiters.
Tips for EmployersCompanies: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Recruiter

Searching for top talent to fill your open positions can be a full-time job in itself, but using a recruiter to fill your staffing needs can save you valuable time, money and peace of mind.

Putting forth the effort to maintain a strong relationship with your recruiter will give them a deep understanding of your goals and needs, allowing them to go the extra mile to bring top-tier employees through your doors.

Explain your goals.

Express your company’s goals clearly and effectively so your recruiter can connect you to candidates who will fit your needs and your company culture. The more information you provide on what you’re seeking, or what you’re avoiding, the better.

Tell them about your ideal candidate and make sure they know where your company is willing to compromise. It will be easier for them to secure the best of the best when you’ve helped them understand what you need and where to find it.

For example, let your recruiter know if you’re looking for someone who can work flexible hours, etc. Be sure to discuss your timeline with your recruiter so employment gaps can always stay covered.

Always consider their advice.

While your recruiter may not always find you the right candidate and you may not always agree with their suggestions, they are experts in the process. Be open to their ideas about non-traditional candidates or changing benefits packages. They know what your competitors are offering and what candidates are looking for, so their advice can be very valuable.

Communicate early and often.

Frequent check-ins are a great way to communicate any changes in your company’s staffing or update your recruiter about ongoing needs. Be sure to ask if there is anything you could or should be doing on your end.

Treat the process like you’re buying a house: if you don’t make an offer quickly, you may lose it. The quicker you are in getting back to your recruiter, the quicker you’ll get someone on board and working!

Be candid and honest.

After interviews, it’s important for you and your recruiter to debrief. Though it rarely happens, sometimes a candidate they sent over for an interview was not qualified for the position or didn’t match your company culture. Always keep in mind that recruiters are there to help you and make the search process easier, and the only way they can do that is if you’re honest and candid in your feedback. Being straightforward with them will help optimize their recruiting efforts.

Once that feedback is discussed, the recruiter can adjust the types of job seekers they are recommending for interviews. This sort of consultative approach will decrease the amount of time you invest in the job search.

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