How to Know When to Work with a Recruiter

Jan 9, 2024

Hiring is arguably the most important decision a business leader has to make. No matter how strong your vision and strategy are, the people you hire are the factor that will either make or break your success. Hiring right is not only an investment in your team, but in your organization’s long-term success. How can you ensure that you recruit efficiently and effectively?

First, you’ll need to determine if you should bring in external support in the hiring process. Read on to know the criteria to consider to know when to work with a recruiter (or alternatively, take our short assessment.)

Type of Role

If you are looking to fill a senior or mid level position, then the stakes are a bit higher. With more on the line than your typical entry level job, a recruiter can help

Current Bandwidth

Understanding your current bandwidth can help determine whether or not you should partner with a recruiter. Perhaps you have the time, but do you also have the resources?

Timeline

If you are looking to fill a role immediately, and are not able/willing to give a bit of time to find the right candidate, then you might be better off on your own. Working with a recruiter will usually require a couple of months to maximize results. Keep in mind that extreme speed can lead to a sacrifice in quality

Turnover Rate

Calculating your current turnover rate is an important metric when determining the need for a recruiter. If your team is struggling with retention, as many are post-pandemic, then you might need to consider investing in a more successful hiring process.

Current Struggles

Identify the pain points in your current hiring process. Are you pressed for time, or money? Perhaps you have time but you’re struggling to find the talent pool and are facing a lack of quality candidates. Maybe you have a wealth of candidates but are having a hard time sorting through the pile of resumes.

Candidate Experience

Having a positive candidate experience is an absolute must nowadays. Word travels fast, and if a candidate doesn’t feel valued in the hiring process, then it could make a bad name for your brand. The opposite is also true. A positive experience could bring more top talent to your door, and help set the right tone for new hires. Working with a recruiter can help set up your hiring process for long-term success.

Priorities for the Role

Whether you work with a recruiter or not, it’s important to outline your priorities when looking to fill a role. Some common priorities include technical aptitude, culture fit, diversity, and teachability. Where are you willing to compromise, and where are you not?

Know the Impact of a Bad Hire

Hiring the wrong person can be a blow to your business. As they say, one bad apple can spoil the bunch — so beware of who you’re bringing on and how they might impact your culture. Hiring wrong is of course a huge strain on finite resources, including time, money, and morale.

Still not sure whether or not you should partner with a recruiter? Take our quick assessment to find out what’s best for your current needs and goals.

Other Recent Blogs

Why Hiring Future Leaders Needs to Start Today

Why Hiring Future Leaders Needs to Start Today

Recent college graduates help create youthful and energetic work environments, and they are the leaders of tomorrow. There are countless reasons why these fresh candidates make great employees — so don’t miss your opportunity to hire them while you can.

read more
Your Best Leverage in Recruiting May No Longer Be Salary

Your Best Leverage in Recruiting May No Longer Be Salary

Quick: what is the most common buzzword in the world of work for the last several years? Hybrid work is one topic that continues to remain top of mind as employers and employees alike continue to adapt to this new preference. So, even though it feels like we’ve all heard about it on a weekly basis, let’s talk about it. Because the truth is, it matters.

As recruiters, we hear about the desire for “hybrid options” all the time. But, it’s important to reiterate that a hybrid model really does set you apart when trying to attract new talent.

read more
AI in Recruiting: Just Scratching the Surface

AI in Recruiting: Just Scratching the Surface

AI has been making serious waves lately, with virtually no industry untouched by the potential impacts it might bring. Of course, the world of recruiting is no exception.

AI, like any innovation, has quite a bit of duality — a mix of advantages and challenges — plus a vast unknown. So far neither good nor bad, AI’s future is yet to be determined. For now, the most important piece in all of this is building awareness of the evolution that is beginning to take place, as well as what this might mean for the future of recruiting.

read more
How to Streamline the Interview Experience

How to Streamline the Interview Experience

A new year means new talent! Hiring surges in January, like clockwork. As companies urgently seek to fill crucial positions, the hiring process can become chaotic and overcomplicated. Streamlining the interview experience is an important step in ensuring a positive...

read more
One Simple Thing Missing From the Hiring Process

One Simple Thing Missing From the Hiring Process

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about how grateful I am for P3Hired’s clients, cheerleaders, and community. So, I just want to start off by saying a big thank you to all of you reading this! P3Hired wouldn’t be what it is without YOU....

read more
The Power of Placement in the World of Place Management

The Power of Placement in the World of Place Management

In the dynamic world of place management, where urban planning and economic development professionals,, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Public/Private Partnerships (PPPs), and Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) come together to shape our cities, one thing...

read more
The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Making a Job Offer

The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Making a Job Offer

Think about the last time you hired someone. How’d the negotiation go, and was it uncomfortable at all? Did you feel like you came out on top, or did they take the win? If you’re hiring right, this question might not make any sense. It shouldn’t be possible for one...

read more
How to Hire for Your Company’s Future

How to Hire for Your Company’s Future

In today's quickly evolving business landscape, it is crucial for companies to adopt a forward-thinking approach to hiring. Instead of just relying on experience and currently-held skills, organizations should prioritize hiring for potential and building a robust...

read more
4 Invaluable Benefits of Mid-Year Check-Ins

4 Invaluable Benefits of Mid-Year Check-Ins

As we reach the midpoint of the year, it's a good time for companies to pause and reflect on their current state and future goals. Beyond evaluating progress and adjusting business strategy, a mid-year check-in presents a unique opportunity to forecast and prepare for...

read more