Can a recruitment agency really be better than hiring in-house?

This week in EnergyPowerLab’s newsletter find out the distinct advantages that hiring through a recruitment agency offer’s your firm, and figuring out what a recruiter actually does. Read on to learn how you can save time, money, and effort by reaching out to a recruiting firm specialized in your industry for your hiring needs.

What do they bring to the table?

Knowledge of the Market
The best recruiters for your needs are not general agencies; for better results look for recruiters that can provide a niched comprehension of the market. These recruiters will have their fingers on the pulse of the market and can share insight to the hiring team on trends within and effecting the industry. Imagine them as your eyes and ears within the market.

Recruiters are a great resource to tap into passive or selective candidates. These are candidates that may not reply to your job posting online because they aren’t looking for a job – until something perfect presents itself. A good recruiter will know who these candidates are and can help leverage your proposal into appealing to the perfect candidate that you would never have stumbled upon only by posting job ads.

Help with Brand Image
By working with a recruiter you can spread your brand image to touch more candidates than by working alone. A good relationship with a recruiter can give candidates real insight to your business. The brand, the culture, what it’s like to work there – a recruiter that you’ve spent time with can help share your brand in a way that sites like Glassdoor cannot, and can even counteract any negative impressions about your brand that have surfaced online.

Key Skills Access
In the RECs most recent Jobs Outlook, the number one reason that companies gave for using a recruitment agency was to gain short term access to key strategic skills, a reason that been growing in importance over the last 3 years, now overtaking covering leave and peaks in demand. With talent shortages now potentially hindering growth it’s not surprising that this is the case. Whilst some of the reasons I’ve already given may refer more to permanent recruiters, many also offer the opportunity to bring in qualified, experienced help at short notice. These flexible solutions are particularly crucial for a long term project or initiative.

Applicants or Candidates? Who do you want in your inbox
A lot of talent attraction is aimed at attracting applicants, whether they are responding to an advert, applying on spec, or through your website. A lot of these people may not be good matches for the role hence a lot of time will be invested in filtering, assessing, matching and communicating with them. When we talk of a bad candidate experience it’s normally an applicant experience that we are referring to. Time and resource poor recruitment teams may not be able to run a thorough matching process. Using a recruitment agency should mean that you see only candidates – job seekers who have been pre-selected to match all the criteria that you are looking for and who are worthy of consideration and interview.

What do they do?

Recruiters’ main responsibility is to source the best possible candidates for employers. Recruitment agencies have an impressive back catalogue of hiring ‘know how’ as well as tried and tested methods of getting optimum results for their clients.

Keep the interview pipeline flowing
Once the recruiter has some people ready for you, they show you their profiles and help you understand what makes each person special. You decide who to interview and recruiters coordinate calls and meetings accordingly. They ensure the candidate is equipped for each interview. (Pro tip – when working with recruiters, give them feedback on each candidate after each interview. That way they can adjust who they send next and if a candidate is “the one,” quick feedback means you won’t miss out on a great hire.)
By the way, it’s also worth noting that recruitment agencies aren’t just for full time roles. They can fill contract and temp roles as well.

Get the candidate excited about the job
A recruiter will also ask for as much information on your business as possible, so that when they meet with candidates that are suitable for the job, they can effectively “sell” the role to them. This is super important as many candidates are passive and may need this extra effort from the recruiter to consider sitting an interview.

Contacting a recruitment company to fill your hiring news can create the perfect mix of in-house and outsourced HR responsibilities. By working closely with a recruitment firm in your field, like EnergyPowerLab Search & Selection, you can optimize your hiring time and expenses and find the perfect candidate to meet your needs. Do not hesitate to be in contact with your EnergyPowerLab consultant asap to plan the next candidate search for your firm.