5 steps for choosing the right recruitment agency

So, you’ve decided that you need a Recruitment Agency to assist you in finding the best possible candidates for your upcoming roles. You know that recruiters are able to find higher quality candidates in a shorter time frame, but how do you know how to choose the right recruitment agency? Here are 5 things you should consider when choosing the right recruiter.

1. Do they have a specialised niche industry?

The benefits of working with a recruiter are multiplied if they specialise in a particular industry. They’ll have strong connections with high-potential candidates from their existing network. They can leverage their market knowledge and will have a true understanding of the skills and expterise that you require. For example a IT Recruitment Specialist will be able to source a developer for you, much quicker then a generalist recruiter. 

2. Do they have a private network and database?

Be sure to ask them if they have their own professional database of past and present candidates. If they’re experienced recruiters, they will be keeping tabs on all passive job seekers, and if they have their own database, this will be an essential part of the recruitment process, that no other recruiters will have access to.

3. Assess their credibility. 

Can they provide you with testimonials? Have they worked with reputable companies in the past? How many years have they been in the business? And how many years experience do they have in their specialised industry? These are all questions you should be asking them to determine their credibility and experience to get the job done. 

4. Do you get along well on a professional level?

You will be talking regularly with your chosen recruiter, and possibly conducting interviews together. Do you get along with this person? Can you see yourself in productive working relationship? Of course, their experience and skills are of utmost importance, but you need to also be able to work well and collaborate with them too.

5. Do they offer both contingent and retained recruitment?

There are two different ways to work with a recruiter, contingent and retained recruitment. In retained recruitment, the recruiter is paid up front and work on exclusive basis, meaning they will be the only ones searching for your next employee for that role. On the other hand, contingent recruitment means you may want multiple recruiters working for that role, the one who finds you the talent, is the one that gets paid. Simple as that! Both of these strategies have their pros and cons, but be sure to check with your chosen recruiter that they can accommodate your desired contract style. 

If you’re in Australia and are looking to have an obligation free chat about your recruitment needs, you can reach out to us here.

We, at Capital Talent, have extensive experience recruiting technology professionals in the IT Industry. With over 50 years combined experience in the industry ourselves, plus a list of reputable companies as our current clients, we are the right choice for your next recruitment needs.


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