How to recognise a good headhunting company?
The process of hiring a new employee isn’t easy. The more skilled worker is required the harder is to find the right candidate. The difficulty in recruiting is the prime reason why more and more companies decided to hire professional headhunting companies that would do that work for them. Unfortunately finding the right recruiting agency might proof to be as difficult too. There are plenty of advice guides online for people who are looking for work on how to handle communication with recruiting agencies. Unfortunately, there are next to none on how to approach headhunting companies as a company owner when we are looking to hire an employee. Deciding upon a company that we are going to collaborate with to find the right person for a job vacancy can have an impact on the future of our business. Having this in mind, how shall we select a recruiting agent? How can we recognise if chosen headhunting company is worth our time? In the first place we should take into consideration the below aspects:
If we are looking for skilled worker we should choose a recruiter that specialises in finding people for such positions. Not only will it speed the process of explaining our needs to the headhunter. Such person might already have connections that will allow him to find appropriate employee faster than other agencies. Also, having experience in the field the recruiter might be able to suggest to us what we can require from a new worker and tell us if our expectations can be met. Not without significance is a work experience of the recruiter. Longer the person works in his field, better he knows how to access right candidates.
#2 Engagement & Communication
When we are collaborating with a headhunting company, we should be confident that they are fully engaged in finding an employee for us as soon as possible. Such agency must also respond to our requests in a timely fashion. To find a right candidate for the job a recruiter must first get to know a company, only then he might suggest an employee. If your business is very specific, a visit to your headquarters might be in order. You must remember that new worker must not only present right skill set but also be a right fit on the personal level. Choosing a person with matching the character to our current employees will assure smooth collaboration.
Communication is also the key to success. If you feel that recruiting company that you hired is not listening to your requests or suggestions, or cannot answer questions you might have, chances are that they might select an unsuitable candidate.
A good headhunting company that is on the market few years should have plenty of satisfied customers who will be more than happy to share their experience and opinion about the recruiter with others. References can be usually found on recruiters’ social media sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Also, references often are placed on the websites in forms of letters or recommendations from previous customers.