How to get the most out of your recruitment partnership

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Monday, March 21, 2022

With the recruitment market being extremely difficult at the moment, here at Plus One we know how important it is to make sure you are getting the most value out of your recruitment partnership. In this article there are some tips to help you build a great relationship with your recruiter, plus make sure you are getting the most out of their expertise to find the perfect fit for your team!

Keep in contact with your recruiter

Look, we get it! You already have your workload (and likely someone else’s if you are looking to fill a gap in your team) and providing feedback to your recruiter can feel like the lowest priority on your long to do list. However prompt feedback on CV’s and interviews are paramount; this will help the recruiter build a clear picture of the employee you are looking to hire. It will also ensure that a candidate doesn’t lose interest whilst waiting for interview feedback. If the input of several hiring managers is needed before comments can be given, tell your recruiter! They can then manage expectations and keep the candidate interested so they don’t go elsewhere in this competitive market. The sooner we can find someone for your team, the quicker your workload will decrease!

Give honest and frank feedback

If you don’t disclose the real reason a candidate isn’t suitable, your recruiter won’t know the right people to search for! For example if you just give a vague and unclear reason, but actually you’re searching for someone with more administration experience, your recruitment agency may continue to send you unsuitable candidates.

Additionally, make sure your recruiter knows the boundaries of the salary and benefits available. It’s important that recruiters know what compensation you have to offer, so that they can accurately sell this to potential hires. For a candidate to get to the end of the process to find out that there is no wiggle room on salary or flexible working, it can spell game over and result in them turning down the position.

Work with your recruitment partner on a sole agency basis

If the job has been with other agencies, make sure you give an accurate account about the amount of candidates you have seen. It is always advisable to send your recruiter a list of the candidates whose CV you have seen or interviewed, to ensure we aren’t wasting yours and the candidates time.

The other thing to consider, is working with a recruitment partner on a sole agency basis. At Plus One, we offer competitive rates and enhanced packages for clients who work with us as their sole recruitment agency. If you have a role that you are looking to recruit for and are interested in using our services, get in touch with our Client Relationship Manager Matthew Stacey, or give us a call on 01295 262266.