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.

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