You’re ready to hire a new employee and have decided to work with a recruiter. Smart idea. Recruiters specialize in navigating the job market and finding the best candidates. They often maintain a pool of qualified job seekers and can guide you to a successful new hire. To make the most of your relationship with your recruiter, remember these tips.Listen and Learn: A good recruiter will provide guidance and advice every step of the way, so if the recruiter says that your salaries, benefits, job descriptions, etc. are not in synch with the marketplace, listen. Recruiters talk to employers and job seekers every day. They identify hiring trends, get feedback on what makes a job seeker choose one offer over another, and gain insight into benefits and other perks that can help to seal the deal. Work with your recruiter closely to learn about how you can attract the best candidates and ask questions when you don’t understand something. A good recruiter will give you honest feedback and will also look for that from you.
Communicate: As an employer, it’s essential to effectively communicate your needs for each position. Having a clear job description and providing details about the company culture—including past hires who have worked out well or not-so-well—will give your recruiter the tools needed to vet strong candidates for the position. And vet they will. The best recruiters typically screen candidates in a number of ways – through background checks, skill assessments, interviews with references, and more.
Clarify Roles: Hiring a recruiter to find talent does not mean your HR department will suddenly have nothing to do. Your team members will still need to discuss potential prospects, set up interviews, gather input throughout the screening process and contribute to salary and benefit negotiations. Start your recruiting relationship by clarifying which hiring activities you expect your company to handle and which tasks you expect the recruiter to fulfill.
Respond Quickly: Most business leaders understand the value of time and wouldn’t consider hiring candidates who delayed returning calls and emails. Job seekers often feel the same way, and in today’s labor market, the best of them will attract multiple offers quickly. While your recruiter is working for you, it’s a good idea to maintain contact on a regular basis and to respond with feedback immediately after initial interviews, including any questions or concerns. This will help your recruiting firm stay focused on finding the best possible new hires for your business as quickly as possible.