A staffing partner can be an incredibly valuable asset for businesses hoping to find the best talent. However, not all recruiters are created equal and you will only be as successful as the firm you choose to partner with. Here are 3 tips you can use to determine whether a firm is right for you.
When you partner with recruiters, you want to know that you are getting a partner who has the time and resources to make you a priority. Pay attention to how quickly you receive responses from them via email. Try calling the office to speak to someone. If you get voicemail every time and don’t hear back quickly, chances are that your potential partners have bigger fish to fry and won’t be able or willing to make you a priority.
Increasingly, recruiting firms have grown more and more specified, some focusing on specific industries or functions. Even the best recruiting firm won’t be as successful if their focus is not relevant to your needs. The firm with the best pipeline of talent that fits your needs will be the most successful in the least amount of time.
3 questions to determine if the agency specializes in your industry:
- Tell me about your last five placements?
- What are you typically focus on?
- What types of roles are you most successful in filling?
You should come prepared with questions to ascertain their track record before engaging them. Ask about their metrics, such as time-to-fill and offer acceptance ratio, to determine how successful they are. Don’t be afraid to ask for references and recent successful searches to get an idea of where they are the most successful and how successful they are.
Knowing what to look for and the right questions to ask can help you find a partner who will get you the best results. Make sure that you vet your potential partners before agreeing to anything so that you can find the firm which works best for you and your company.