Recruitment firms are very popular because they allow business leaders and managers to focus on their core tasks. Since they act as an extension of the company, it is very important to choose the firm that will adequately represent yours to potential candidates.
In order to make an informed decision, start by identifying your needs, as well as the selection criteria that are most important to you. This will allow you to ask the right questions during your first interactions.
The Firm’s Reputation
Take the time to analyze the recruitment process and the recruiter’s approach. Are their methods ethical and compatible with your company’s values? This is very important, since the recruitment firm represents you directly, as an employer. The candidate’s experience has a direct impact on your image, regardless of whether the person is selected or not. It would be a shame if all the efforts put in place to promote your employer brand were ransacked by unethical actions such as discrimination. It is also important to keep in mind that in recruitment, all the details can positively or negatively affect the perception of the candidate and have an impact on your company’s reputation. For example: following up with unsuccessful candidates is considered a mark of respect, and the opposite can obviously be misperceived.
A Firm Attentive to Your Needs
When discussing with the recruiter, do you feel that you are being listened to attentively and that he or she takes the time to fully understand your needs, the profile sought and what you have to offer as an employer?
We all agree that recruitment is a matter of timing, and that sometimes you have to act quickly. However, moving too fast or asking too generic questions can lead you to miss the essential points and result in a significant loss of time and efficiency. An in-depth discussion with the recruiter is essential to ensure that the professional understands your real needs and is able to convey to candidates your values, your mission, your proposal and the elements that make you an employer of choice.
Transparency in Communication
Are you able to have a clear and open conversation with the recruiter? Transparency and authenticity are essential to develop a relationship of trust within this professional alliance.
Initially, it is the recruiter that will have an impact on the candidate’s notorious and crucial first impression. The candidate will rely on these initial exchanges to decide to continue the process or not. You still ask the recruiter to represent you as an employer, in addition to analyzing and determining the best talent for your needs. The bond of trust is therefore very important.
The Firm’s Flexibility
How would you like to be assisted? Do you want to be actively involved in the hiring process and can you devote time to it? If the answer is yes, maybe you don’t need the recruiting firm to take care of the entire process, but only parts of it, to guide you and make it easier for you. Conversely, perhaps the best thing for you is to delegate most of the hiring process to an external resource in order to save time and energy? Some recruitment firms are more flexible and will propose several options to adapt to your needs and reality. It’s all about finding the service offer that best suits you.
The trend continues and demonstrates day after day that the market is competitive! It is often the candidates who have the last word and the chance to choose between several offers. This is where your employer brand comes into play and should be an asset, hence the importance of choosing a recruitment firm that can represent and communicate your company’s values and vision to candidates at every step of the process.
Find the recruitment firm that will make you shine, because everything can make a difference!
Talent Recruiter, HR, People & Culture
Marie-Pier is a young professional who is passionate about recruitment. Holding a bachelor degree in career development, she likes to support clients in finding the right fit for their needs and help candidates grow professionally. Determined, she will stop at nothing to reach her only goal: finding the perfect match!
If you have questions about recruitment or are looking for the perfect gem, do not hesitate to contact her.