Top 5 Tips to getting the best out of Recruitment Agencies

Dealing with recruitment agencies can be a real minefield. When you hear some of the horror stories it is no surprise that business owners and hiring managers tread very carefully and often keep recruiters firmly at arm’s length. However there is an alternative.

Here are my Top 5 Tips to making sure you leverage the full potential of working with a recruiter.

  1. Choose your Recruiter Carefully – Some companies will work with any agency that cold calls them on the premise that the more the merrier and it will help them to fill the role quicker. This is rarely the case as it often results in friction between competing agencies and the odd surprise invoice because the hiring manager has skimmed over the T’s & C’s. It is always worth investing the time to identify an agency that aligns with your company’s objectives, culture, values and that has a ‘service NOT sales’ approach.
  2. Look out for Sector Knowledge – When it comes to niche roles it pays to work with recruiters that know their bits from their bytes! Not only will they understand the jargon but they are much more likely to have access to the top talent that you are after.
  3. Take Time to Brief Properly – The more time you invest in briefing the agency the better. This will show that you mean business and it will further help them sell the role to potential candidates. If you have engaged a good recruiter then you should only receive candidates that match the brief thus saving you time wading through a mixed pile of CV’s.
  4. Communicate Regularly – Like any healthy relationship, communication is key. Making sure that you take the time to get back quickly on CVs and keep your recruiter updated on any developments is one sure way of maintaining engagement. When you go quiet there is a risk that the recruiter will see this as a sign that it is not a priority and they may well refocus their attention accordingly.
  5. Consider an Exclusive Engagement –Quality driven professional recruiters will also be apprehensive to invest their precious time on searches where they will be pressured to grab and throw the first half decent CVs they find. They will be much more motivated to work with clients that fully appreciate the benefits of letting them conduct a deep and thorough search where they can qualify and brief candidates fully. This takes time, however it goes without saying that you will always be better off hiring the right candidate rather than the first half decent one that comes along!

As it is often said, you get out what you put in. There are plenty of honest and professional recruiters out there looking to partner with companies for mutual benefit. The art is being able to spot the ‘smash and grab’ recruiters from the true professionals who are passionate about adding value to the talent acquisition process.

Careerz Limited, based in Canterbury, specialise in technology and marketing recruitment and talent acquisition services across Kent and London.

For further information, please call John Adams on 01227 656 888 or 0208 0990 888 or visit

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