In today’s increasingly competitive economy, finding top talent is a challenge for many business leaders. The search involves time, effort, and extensive expertise to conduct thoroughly, taking time away from other business priorities. Yet the employees behind the business will largely determine the success or failure of that business, so this is an activity that should not be taken lightly.
Many businesses look to recruiters for assistance, as professionals who can help procure talent effectively and efficiently. But how do you ensure that a recruiter or recruiting firm is the best fit for you?
A committed recruiter or firm will be able to walk through the process they use to source, engage, and retain talent. This process should include pre-defined steps touching on company consultation to better understand needs, detailed candidate interviews that include explaining the position and company goals and culture to the candidate, thorough reference checking, and follow up once the successful candidate has been placed to ensure a strong fit and smooth transition. Integrity should be demonstrated throughout the process with the recruiter working in the best interest of the client versus treating the process as simply a sale, or submitting the candidate to any company that will accept.
Successful recruiters or firms will always operate under defined metrics of success. These may include pipeline volume, number of hires, time to hire, and retention periods, amongst other quantitative or qualitative elements. Find out what metrics your considered recruiter abides by, and what individual results have yielded over an extended period of time. Compare the recruiter’s metrics to your company’s hiring metrics to confirm that they are in alignment and that wins for the recruiter are likewise wins for your company.
Different recruiters leverage different sourcing resources contingent on industry and professional level of candidate. A recruiter for hourly blue collar employees will utilize vastly different tools and experience than recruiters for high-level white collar executives. Likewise, recruiters specializing in the hospitality industry would be hard pressed to locate many successful candidates for the technology sector. Ensure that you are partnering with a recruiter or firm that specializes in your industry to take advantage of their niche network, contacts, understanding, and expertise.
Ultimately, the success of your recruiter has a direct correlation on the success of your hire. Make your recruiter selection count to ensure the optimal opportunity for top talent to be sourced into your organization. For more information on how we can help you in this process, please contact us.