Three Fundamentals of Working with an External Recruiter That You Should Know
When engaging a recruiter, the top thing on your mind is usually how to make sure you’re working with someone who will put your time and money first. But there is more to finding the best help than dollars and cents. A good recruiter is like an extension of your team, and there are a few fundamental ways you can help to make sure that they have everything they need to do a good job:
Choose a Partner That Has a Wide & Varied Network
A great recruiter doesn’t have to be specialized in your industry in order to be successful, but he or she should have varied background and ability to draw from different experiences. In fact, using a recruiter or firm with a variety of connections will help establish a long-term partnership that you can use for hires in multiple departments and specialties.
Ask your recruiter for referrals from satisfied placements. Remember that a good recruiter can recruit for anything (within reason) so it’s more important to make sure they are experts in the mechanics and process of recruiting in general, from candidate sourcing to screening and “selling” opportunities to candidates.
Provide Valuable Information Up Front
A good partner will take the time to understand you and your objectives upfront before they start the recruiting process. Make sure that you give them a good understanding of your company’s mission and culture so that they can have a comprehensive view of your needs. Lay out your objectives clearly (time, important qualifications, etc), and give them an opportunity to meet with the new hire’s supervisor/teammates to get a good ideas of what will make a new employee successful.
Be Vocal With Your Feedback Throughout the Process
Discuss any concerns you have in the hiring process. Have you had high levels of churn in the past, or have you had a hard time finding someone who meets all of your qualifications? Arm the recruiter with this information so they can make sure that they are offering you the highest quality candidates out there. Don’t be afraid to get involved with the search. Be sure to get insight into the types of candidates the recruiter is sourcing early on, and be honest with your evaluation of candidates. Your input helps the recruiter adjust the search, and keeps everyone from wasting valuable time on bad fits.
And lastly, know that it’s OK if you need change up your criteria mid-search, but be sure to be very clear in your reasoning and your adjustments. Recruiters should be adaptable, but if there is a constantly moving target and little information to back it up, this usually doesn’t not lead to a happy recruiter, and you probably won’t be happy in the end either.
If you can pay attention to these tips and find recruiters who jive well with you, you will see excellent value and great returns from the effort! Our model at 1H is designed to take all of these factors into account, and to make us the best recruiting partner you can find for your team’s hiring needs.