Before you start searching for a recruitment partner, you must clearly set out your company’s requirements and goals. This should be about the positions you are looking to fill, the skillset required and the cultural fit of the individual. Additionally, think long term how a recruitment partner can support your future growth. They need to understand the ethos behind the business.
Look for a recruitment partner that has proven expertise recruiting in your industry. A recruitment partner with an understanding of your industry will be better equipped to source the right candidates and ensure a smooth recruitment process. Research the potential recruitment partner. You can ask for references or case studies of successful placements they’ve previously made. Online reviews and testimonials can also provide insights. A reputable partner will have a history of successful placements.
Understand the recruitment methods used. Are they innovative in their approach to source the right candidates for your business? Do they have a strong candidate database and network? A partner with varied recruitment methods is more likely to find you the best candidates suited for your business ensuring they follow all legal and ethical guidelines in the hiring process.
Some agencies charge a percentage of the candidate’s first year salary, a flat fee or a retainer. Be clear about the costs involved and also don’t be afraid of having a discussion on what your company can afford. Make sure any fees are within your budget.
Effective communication is essential throughout the recruitment process. Ensure your recruitment partner provides you with regular updates on the status and the quality of candidates. This is a 2-way process and you should discuss any expectations or concerns with them.