How to Recruit your Recruiters – 5 Things to Consider When Hiring a Recruitment Company
If the prospect of mulling over mediocre prospects on a job board does not sound appealing, you are not alone. Many companies hire a recruitment company to expedite the hiring process, and filter through resumes to find top candidates for you and your company. However, not all recruiting companies are created equal. It is important to keep in mind that while recruitment companies may bring candidates for you to evaluate, it is your job to evaluate the recruiter.
So, what should be on your radar when hiring a recruitment company? Take a look at our list below and integrate these ideas into your “recruiter search.” Asking the right questions will save you time in the long run by ensuring the company you bring in will bring the top talent straight to your inbox.
- Is their screening questionnaire tailored to your company?
There are many recruitment companies out there that only employ a standard set of rules and methods for screening, regardless of the company or the industry for which they are recruiting. But you are not like every company! You have your own list of skills and cultural fit requirements that make for the perfect candidate. Ensure that recruiters are taking your needs into account… and not just copying and pasting what has worked for others in the past.
- How much does it cost?
Finding a dependable employee for your open position might be worth good money. However, ensure you understand the fine print on fees and payment schedule. There is such a thing as too expensive when it comes to recruitment companies. Sit down with your leadership team and determine what price range works for your budget and company goals.
- Are they local?
If you are looking to hire local, make sure that the recruitment company is local, as well. Your ideal recruiter should know the area and the people within the area they are recruiting! Not only will this help them pitch your job opening, it also shows they are “in the loop” of locals who are searching for jobs.
- What is their track record?
Do a little digging to uncover whether or not these recruiters have a good reputation. The Better Business Bureau, Google my Business reviews, and testimonials are a great place to start. Don’t forget… asking for references is a completely viable request.
- Do they know your company’s policy and mission?
Make sure their interviewers are a good match with your company’s policies and mission. Have an open and honest conversation about the style of your company’s work and seek to understand if their responses resonate with your company’s values. This will not only ensure you have a good working relationship with your recruiter… but solidify that they are seeking candidates that are a good fit for you.