How to get the most out of your recruitment agency

You and the recruiter you choose to partner with have a shared goal: to find the best person who’s going to stay put long-term and to find them quickly. This requires effort from both sides, so here are a few things you can do to ensure you get the most out of your recruiter:

Be realistic
Before speaking with your recruiter, think about the skills and experience you’d like to see in your ideal candidate. Once you’ve figured this out, identify which criterion are must-haves and which ones are desirable but not essential. An experienced recruiter will always aim to tick all your boxes and offer advice if this isn’t possible. When it comes to in-demand roles, which the majority of tech jobs are, it’s good to be flexible with your requirements.

(Don’t) keep it brief
Would you ask a builder to start building your dream house without a blueprint? Of course not. When it comes to briefing your recruiter – the more detail you can give, the better. Before discussing your requirement with a recruitment agency, you should drill down into the details of the vacancy and what the ideal candidate looks like. Once you are in a good place to talk this through set up a call or meeting with the recruiter. Tech roles are complex and if you are only prepared to send an email with a few bullet points or have a rushed phone call between your meetings, be prepared for substandard and irrelevant candidates. A wise person once said, “a worker is only as good as his tools,” and a recruiter is only as good as the brief they’ve been given.

Listen and learn
Recruiting is a bit like writing.

It’s a task which, if you manage a team, you’ve probably had some experience in at some stage or another. But even though you may write hundreds of emails a day, or send the odd hand-written note, this doesn’t make you a copywriter.

When it comes to working with a recruiter, you’ll get the most out of your partnership if you let the experts get on with it. Although you may have been a part of the recruitment process before your experience will always be limited compared to a recruitment specialist. By taking on board their advice, you stand in good stead to fill your requirement effectively.

Honesty is the best policy
Your recruiter will be best placed to help you if you’re transparent throughout the hiring process. If you’ve only engaged with an agency as you’ve exhausted all other options, then tell them. A good recruiter will be able to identify possible issues in your strategy and offer solutions. Letting your consultant know where you are up to in the process; which candidates you’ve seen or where you’ve advertised, will ultimately save time on both sides.

In recruitment we trust
You will ultimately get the most out of your recruitment partner if you trust them. We understand that this is easier said than done. Perhaps you’ve been burnt before by a previous agency, or you’ve had a poor experience as a candidate? Unfortunately, the recruitment industry reputation has been tarnished by a handful of lousy recruiters – and we apologise on their behalf! But we promise, most of us are a pretty decent bunch if you give us a chance.
The easiest way to ensure there is trust in your relationship is to do your research. Make sure you’re partnering with a specialist agency who genuinely understand the complexities of the role you’re recruiting for. If in doubt, ask them to provide case studies for similar vacancies they’ve hired for recently. An established recruiter will also be able to share client testimonials with you, which should help put your mind at ease.

Treating your recruiter as a business partner, rather than a service provider, is the key to ensuring you get the most from your recruitment agency. Looking for support? Find out more on how we work.

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