We all know that the bottom line drives business making decisions. When it comes to hiring this couldn’t be more true. This is why more and more businesses look to a firm to help them find the best candidates for the job. Time is a commodity that isn’t replaceable and hiring managers would rather leverage their resources and save time by connecting with candidates who are actively pursuing their job search. When there is a need for top talent, an experienced recruiting agency can find the right person for the job.
There is a considerable amount of voluntary turnover in the workforce, with the majority of workers quitting their job within six months of their start date. Those metrics highlight the importance of making the best hire for a position. Some reasons for high turnover go beyond the control of an employer, and hiring managers can circumvent many issues relating to bad hiring.
Often, it’s an issue of time that makes the difference between hiring marginal employees or landing great talent. The best return on investment is to hire a recruiting firm that specializes in your area of business.
Now let’s talk about what’s in it for companies that decide to give recruiting firms a shot.
Pre-screening is vital; it’s also one of the steps where many decision-makers falter because of not being as thorough as they should be. Recruiters are trained to avoid shortcuts in the prescreening process. Prescreening involves the initial phone call with the candidate; based on how that goes; then there is a face-to-face meeting (in person or skype). During the pre-screen the recruiter is assessing the candidates fit for the role; this assessment reaches beyond technical skills and goes into culture fits as well.
Recruiters help you save time. They do the legwork and advocate on behalf of the company. In addition to finding the right candidate, they handle salary negotiation (based on the company’s stated range). Although recruiting firms essentially take on the duties of a hiring manager, the company looking to hire is still in the driver’s seat. The company will always have final approval of the candidate, salary terms, and any other vital matters relating to the new hire.
Many talented people are looking for new job opportunities, and a top firm has a large talent pool that is vetted. Recruiting firms pursue passive job hunters who (given the right scenario) would be willing to make a job change. Top recruiting firms also have a network that includes talent suitable for hard-to-fill positions. At HIRECLOUT, we have regular marketing campaigns explicitly designed to ensure we keep adding the best-skilled talent to our professional talent network.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding to acquire a recruiting search firm:
Have realistic expectations when it comes to the new hire. A recruiter will do their best to make sure the most qualified candidates are presented for an open role. However, it is essential to keep an open mind about what is acceptable and unacceptable; i.e., skillset, skill-level, learning curve, etc.
Seek the Right Recruiting Firm
Recruiting firms may offer the same types of services, but it doesn’t mean the same outcome is guaranteed. Be sure to research and compare the firms’ offerings. For example, if your need is to hire IT people, and particularly, find a great Java Engineer, then it’s probably not a good idea to use a recruiter that places CPAs.
Know Your Budget
Recruiting firms like HIRECLOUT, offer several services, the costs associated with each service varies. Make sure to be as transparent as possible when discussing your needs. Only then can the best service option will be presented that will fit into your budget.