A Recruitment Agency is “A business that works for organizations to find people for jobs when the organizations need them.” It acts as a bridge between the employer and the job seeker to find their client a suitable employee for the job opening. It is a powerful and intuitive hiring tool used by many firms for better and quicker results.
If you are in the process of hiring a recruiting agency to help you fill some difficult roles, you might not know where to begin. Are all recruiting organizations similar? Does it matter which one you hire? How can you tell which ones have your best interests at heart? These aren’t the easiest questions to answer, but we will give you a few pointers on how to find the right recruiting firm for your hiring needs.
Next time you want to hire a professional recruitment agency, make sure to consider these three questions:
1. Do you work on a Contingency or a Retained basis?
This question tells you a lot about the way the organization is set up, the way it structures its fees, and the quality of candidates it is likely to send to you. Most recruiting agencies work on contingency. This means they will only get paid if they find the candidate your organization hires. However, this also means they are less invested in the hiring process. Contingent agencies will often have a single recruiter handling four or five positions at a time, gambling that the recruiter will be able to make at least one hire in the process.
With a retained recruiter, your organization will usually have to pay full in advance. This means the up-front investment from your organization is higher, but the recruiting company is also much more deeply committed to your position. A retained recruiter has the time to get to know your organization’s needs on a much deeper level. The retained recruiter can focus on bringing you candidates who not only have the skills you need but are also good cultural fits that are likely to stay on board for the long term. Your company’s situation will determine whether a contingency or retained recruiter is right at any given time. However, it is always important to know which category the firm you hire falls into. Otherwise, you might expect something the company cannot provide.
2. Are Your Recruiters Trained in Interviewing?
The recruiters who are trained interviewers can save your company time and effort in the hiring process. You will have to do the majority of the screening yourself. However, they can screen out the bad fits before they even get to your HR team. By the time your HR team sees the candidates, the process isn’t as complex as it would be if they had just come in off the street. That means your people can focus on finding the best fit possible without having to worry about filtering out bad matches. Think about it like this: If not trained, they will not be able to assess candidates effectively. Lastly, the candidates who make it through will simply be those who either have the skills or the charm to indulge in an informal chat.
3. How will you keep me updated on the status of the search?
Some recruiters will start their search, and you won’t hear from them again until they submit a candidate — if they ever do. No progress reports, no check-ins or requests for more information. If you have hired several recruiters and have a steady stream of candidates headed to your door, the lack of updates might not be a problem. However, if you have hired only one firm to fill an important position, you are going to want some updates on the progress of the search — especially if the process is ever halted.
It is important to make sure the recruiting organization you hire has a set procedure for keeping clients in the loop. Status updates will help you keep tabs on the firm and make sure it is working to bring you the best possible candidate in the shortest possible time.
Looking for an expert Recruitment Service Provider? We at BDS Recruitment, UK have an excellent team of professionals that will guide you through your recruitment process and offer complete assistance to guarantee efficient and cost-effective services to cater to all your business requirements.
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