There is a new opening on your team and what is the first thing you do? You immediately post an advertisement for the position, resulting in about 100 applications flooding your inbox. A day or two goes by, with your inbox receiving another 50 or so applicants which you have yet to review due to your already busy schedule.
Glancing at your phone messages, you pause and take notice of another message from that recruiter who has been leaving you messages for the past several months to discuss your hiring needs.
Picking up the phone, you dial the number and begin your partnership with the recruiter, learning of the benefits that a recruiting service can provide to you.
It’s no secret that hiring a new person takes a lot of time. However, you can quickly eliminate some of the taxing parts of the process by partnering with a recruiter. By using a recruiting service, you no longer need to post and advertise the position yourself, resulting in a cleaner inbox and more time to do your actual job. The recruiter will advertise the position and will weed through all of those applications, selecting only the most qualified to speak with and send forward for your review.
A recruiter will have additional resources to find candidates rather than just a “post and pray” method. Most recruiting services have subscriptions to a variety of job boards or social media sites such as LinkedIn, as well as access to their own database of quality candidates. This provides you access to candidates who may not have seen the job advertisement online, or who may not be actively searching for a position.
Most recruiters have the expertise needed to be able to quickly identify red flags and sincere candidate interest in the initial stages of the interview process. They will know the right questions to ask and what types of responses to listen for from candidates. This is something that comes with established and developed recruiting skills.
After selecting the most qualified candidates, a good recruiter will also be able to share with you information related to the current situation, desires and expectations of each candidate presented. While the recruiting service is working for you, the recruiter also has developed a relationship with each candidate presented in order to ensure the right fit for both you and the candidate. A recruiter will be able to provide valuable feedback from the candidate’s prospective throughout the interview process and when the time comes to make an offer, the recruiter will have insight regarding the candidate’s needs and what it will take to receive an acceptance from the candidate.
Utilizing a recruiting service can save you time, provide you access to candidates who may not have applied to your job advertisement, and provide you with the expertise and insight needed in order to make the best hire.
What are benefits you have experienced from utilizing recruiting services in the past? I look forward to reading your experiences in the comments below!