Once you’ve decided that you want to go ahead and hire a recruiting agency to help you find a new employee, or employees, you might be feeling a certain amount of relief. However, don’t approach this experience too lightly; you will have to help the recruiting agency help you. There are a few important things you must do as the potential employer looking for talent to hire. If you embrace the following guidelines then you should be fine. If not, you may end up unhappy with the candidate the recruiting agency has selected for you.
- When speaking with the recruiters, be specific when describing the individual you are looking for. Go beyond just stating the title of the position you are trying to fill. For example, don’t just say “Receptionist.” Elaborate upon what you need by saying you need a receptionist who can perform the following tasks and then list these tasks. If you’re looking for someone local, again elaborate. Some cities are so large, and traffic might be particularly bad in certain areas, that just saying the city name can be too broad. The more information you give the recruitment agency the more specific they can make their search for you.
- Set a firm salary. One of the worst things that can happen is meeting with a candidate, offering them the position and then having them turn it down due to unrealistic salary expectations. Take some time when considering what the salary you want to offer is. Consider the position you are trying to fill, the experience of the employee you need, and don’t be afraid to be just a little competitive. This way the recruitment agency will have a little flexibility when approaching candidates with a potential salary, and you won’t be breaking the bank.
- Keep in touch throughout the process. This is probably the most important rule for you to follow. You’re going to want to make sure you have several modes of communication with your recruitment agency. First contact should be made via a phone call, and any really important questions should be saved for phone calls as well. Beyond that, you should also have the email address for the person who will be working with you. You don’t want to call them incessantly to see what they are doing, but an occasional email to check up on them will keep you in their minds but won’t annoy them to the point that they don’t want to speak to you.
By hiring a recruitment agency, you are giving yourself more free time for other endeavors, but you will want to make sure that they have what they need to help you. If you keep these simple guidelines in mind throughout the process then you will enjoy satisfactory results.