A company is only as good as its employees. Working with a recruiting agency is a smart way to find qualified employees that will be the right fit for your company.
How can you get the most from your recruiting agency? Consider the following tips:
- Ask questions
- Openly discuss training procedures
- Give feedback
- Build connections
The relationship that you have with your recruiting agency is integral to the success of your company. Like any other good relationship, communication is important. You want to be able to engage in honest and open dialogue. You want to know that you can have complete trust in your agency.
One of the best ways to build that trust is by asking questions. By asking specific and well thought out questions you will figure out if you and your recruiting agency are compatible. Here are some examples of the types of questions that you can ask:
- What kind of assessments do they use to screen potential job applicants?
- What is their experience in your industry?
- Do they perform background/reference checks?
Of course there are numerous other questions that you can ask as well. On the flip side you should also encourage your recruiting agency to ask you questions as well. It is important that they understand the needs of your company. This two-way question and answer process will establish a strong working relationship.
Openly Discuss Training Requirements
The time spent training new employees can greatly impact the bottom line. By openly communicating with your recruiting agency and asking them questions about their candidates’ previous training will help cut down on potential training needs/costs.
If your recruiting agency understands your needs they can probe and determine much of the training required before the new employee walks through your door. This will facilitate a more seamless transition to your company.
One of the key ways to get the most benefits from your recruiting agency is by giving honest feedback. Some people assume they only should give feedback when there are issues. Even though you want to be upfront about any problems, it is also important to give feedback when an employee works out well.
Both types of feedback will help your recruiting agency understand what you are looking for in your employees. This will help them understand your needs and pair you up with individuals that are the right fit for your company.
Your recruiting agency has extensive network connections. By taking advantage of your relationship with your agency, you can tap into those connections. By tapping into those connections you will find a tremendous resource for market research. Here are some of the benefits which come from building connections:
- access to cross-marketing opportunities
- learn about innovation
- the insider’s scoop on industry trends