Crucial Considerations When Hiring a Recruiter

By Kaitlin Hurtado on January 24, 2022

Hiring new talent for your company is a challenge for just about anyone. Fortunately, job recruiters are an option for those looking for assistance. Harvard Business Review states that about 40% of all US companies were outsourcing most, if not all, of the hiring process as of 2019. Just how should you go about picking the best job recruiter for your company? Every company will have a variety of factors to consider when hiring a recruiter, including:

- Experience and history of success

- Cost

- Services

- Specialization

A recruiter may be working independently or may be working with an employment agency. Keep reading for crucial considerations when hiring a recruiter for your company.

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Consideration #1: Experience and history of success 

Just as you would want to seek out a job candidate with experience on their resume, you will want to seek out a job recruiter that has extensive experience behind them. Not only does this mean that they have the proof of their past successes, but it means they already have a well-crafted and expansive network of candidates to utilize if they are hired by you.

Years of experience as a recruiter don’t necessarily mean that the recruiter has a high success rate. You could assume that years of experience have given them the necessary tools to succeed at their jobs, but you want to know that the recruiter you are hiring is going to get the job done right.

If you want to validate a recruiter’s success rate, ask them to share the average time it takes them to fill an open position, the number of searches they complete, and the percentage of hires that have stayed with the company for at least two years. With these questions, you can see if the recruiters are capable of looking for talent successfully and looking for talent that is actually the right fit for the company.

Consideration #2: Cost 

Recruiter costs will vary as many base their costs on a variety of factors. A common method is for a recruiter to charge a flat fee based on the salary of the position you are looking to fill, or a percentage of the new hire’s first-year salary.

Additionally, other factors may impact the cost of the recruiter, including the industry, position (entry-level versus executive), geographic location, and current market conditions. Typically, you will pay fees to the recruiter if they are successful in filling the open position.

Hiring a job recruiter can be the perfect solution to the time-consuming processing of looking for new talent and shift focus back to your company’s day-to-day work. With these crucial considerations in mind, you can look for the right job recruiter for your company.

Consideration #3: Services 

Every recruiter will offer different services to help fill the open position. Some may offer the bare minimum of the recruiting process while others may have an extensive list of services they can do to make sure the position is filled successfully. Services you can get from a recruiter may include:

- Writing and creating job descriptions and advertisements

- Sourcing talent

- Ensuring compliance with employment laws that prohibit discrimination

- Reviewing applications

- Screening job candidates

- Interviewing job candidates

- Conducting background checks

- Facilitating job offers

By relying on a job recruiter that can ensure these services are done correctly, it can take plenty of time off your hands and also save you the headache of having to take on the tasks yourself.

When choosing a recruiter, you will want to find out how they are going to advertise your open position. Is the planned outreach or process something that reflects your company’s messaging? You will want a recruiter that will be able to successfully capture and advertise your company to potential candidates.

Consideration #4: Specialization 

Before hiring a recruiter, consider the specialization they have, whether it be by geography, technology, and/or industry. The more a recruiter’s specialization fits in with what your company (or the open position) aligns with, the more likely the recruiter will find success.

You may even find that a recruiter worked in the same industry as your company, and will be able to tap into their past career experience to seek out the right candidates for your company. If a recruiter is specializing in a certain industry, they can offer in-depth knowledge and expertise with the specific industry, and can successfully filter out the right candidates.

A recruiter with specialization will know what you are looking for in the field as well as the right questions to ask. Sure, you can opt to go with a recruiter that has experience in a variety of industries, but they may not be able to ask the right questions or have the trained eye to spot the type of candidates you are looking for.

The hiring process is time-consuming and can come with plenty of obstacles. By enlisting the help of an experienced recruiter, you can help ensure that the hiring process is streamlined and shift your focus back to your company’s day-to-day work.

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