Using a recruiter can be a great way to save you time, energy and resources when hiring. We all know it’s not a quick (or easy) process, but sometimes you just need a little help. Is using a recruiter hurting you more than helping you? That scenario is definitely possible. Keep reading to figure out if your recruiter is a pro or a con.
Quiet, monotone, unenergetic, negative, mean and even down right rude. These are the perfect adjectives to describe the next Bond villain but maybe they aren’t perfect adjectives to describe your recruiter. If the aforementioned adjectives could be used to describe your recruiter, it’s highly likely using a recruiter is hurting your chances.
As a candidate who is interested in a position within your organization, I want to work with a recruiter who I wouldn’t mind seeing in the office every day. If your recruiter is kind, friendly, helpful and really organized, you can bet they are helping you hire. Remember, job candidates are screening you too. You need to put your best foot forward from the very beginning.
A recruiter within an organization can wear many hats, but their number one job is to present you with qualified candidates. The recruiter was hired to hire! Through a set of processes, they present qualified candidates to the decision makers of the company. There are a number of pro tips and tricks we’ve compiled over the years we’ve been helping small and medium businesses hire.
Let’s look at the things that will hurt you more than help you:
- Your recruiter has a bad attitude or bad vibe
- The recruiter isn’t excited about the company or position
- The recruiter isn’t selling the opportunity
- The hiring managers don’t trust the recruiter’s decisions
- The hiring managers aren’t seeing qualified candidates
- There is no recruiting process or organization
- The recruiter isn’t following up with candidates
If any of those sound familiar to you, using a recruiter is hurting you when trying to hire. But don’t worry too much. Using a recruiter isn’t always bad, and it can actually be extremely efficient and helpful!
- The recruiter answers the phone as if they are the one interviewing
- The recruiter always has a positive attitude
- The recruiter presents the company in a positive and professional manner
- The recruiter keeps detailed notes in a database
- The recruiter is excited about the job and company
- The hiring managers trust the recruiter’s decisions
- The recruiter gives the candidate feedback
- There is an outlined and consistent process including follow up
Does that sound familiar? We hope so. Because that means your recruiter is absolutely helping you make the right hire!
Using a recruiter is something many people are on the fence about because they don’t want to find themselves resonating with the first list. The question isn’t necessarily whether or not you should use a recruiter, because clearly they can be very helpful, but it’s about finding the right recruiter. You want one that’s going to help, not hurt. They’re out there. You just have to be selective.