Less is More when Choosing your Recruitment Agency.
As a Hiring Manager facing the daunting prospect of recruiting in the current skill-deficient marketplace, you would be forgiven for having some uncertainty how to proceed. You may have decided to get in touch with a Recruitment Consultant for assistance, overwhelmed with the choice out there on the market.
The natural instinct is to contact as many recruiters as possible – after all, the more eyes searching for the perfect candidate, the greater chance of finding that hidden unicorn that ticks all your requirements, right?
There are many benefits to contacting a single recruiter and working exclusively with this partner to fulfil your recruiting needs, whether it be to streamline the process and save you time, ensure a higher quality of matching, or to better support your company brand in the marketplace.
Time Saved is Money Saved
We all know the old mantra “time is money”, and that is because it is very true. There is only a finite amount of hours each day, only a certain number of minutes to achieve everything we need to. It is a resource that needs to be carefully managed and monitored in order to improve efficiency. That is one main reason it is crucial to use a recruiter exclusively.
An exclusive arrangement will save a great deal of time for you every day, as you will no longer have to deal with a dozen recruiters calling you on a daily basis to give updates. It will also save time having a single dedicated account manager, as you will only have to run through the job specification once – when dealing with 20 recruiters you have the choice as to whether to rush through it without any details (meaning the consultant won’t understand fully your needs) or spending several hours on the phone to various consultants. Having one recruiter means going through it once, and doing it right the first time.
Exclusivity also means the responsibility is shifted onto us. It becomes our job to find you the candidates and get the vacancy filled, allowing you added time where you could be providing value in other areas of your business.
Having one dedicated Account Manager also has the added benefit of not dealing with those pesky repeat-applicants. It’s irritating for everyone to see the same CVs over and over by different recruiters. By dealing with only one, it means every applicant will be unique and handpicked by that particular consultant. No duplicates.
Quality Over Quantity
In most cases when you look to recruit, there is a singular position to be filled by one lucky candidate. So why waste time receiving dozens of CVs when you can interview 3-5 of the highest-calibre applicants that are handpicked by a specialist recruiter? Exclusivity allows a consultant to ensure that every candidate is selected based on their skills, as well as their motivational and cultural fit with your business.
By using one exclusive consultant, it takes the focus away from speed and back to quality. Yes, you can still get a fast and efficient service, but you will also feel safe knowing the agency did not rush through the process in order to race a competing recruiter to the punch. It allows consultants to properly pre-screen each individual applicant, assessing their abilities and fit for the role, ensuring that by the time they reach your desk, they will be a great match for the position.
“Practice makes perfect” and “with experience comes wisdom” are two common sayings that could not be more true. A good Recruitment Consultant will try to learn as much about your business as possible, learning how to tailor the process to fit your needs, find the candidates who are right for you, and how to communicate most effectively.
This is all a learning process that only grows stronger the more we work with you. By having an exclusive recruiter, it allows us to partner with you over a longer period of time, really getting to know your business and requirements to find better matches and smoothen the process overall.
Ambassadors for your Brand
While we are not employees of your business, there is no doubt that it is important for a Recruitment Consultant to be a brand ambassador for your company. We will be speaking to a wide range of candidates and “selling” you; getting your name into the minds of professionals in the industry.
It would be a lie to say that image does not matter.
Often a candidate can gain negative views on a business if they receive several calls from multiple agencies, all offering the exact same position. It can have connotations that frustrates candidates and implies negative things about a business. By using an exclusive agency, it allows the avoidance of this situation, having one specialist consultant that understands your vision and can communicate that to candidates, and ultimately improving the “candidate experience”.
These are just some of the benefits of signing on to an exclusive partnership with one of our specialist Recruitment Consultants.
If you would like to discuss this in more detail or seek advice, you are welcome to contact us so that you can be put in touch with a specialist in your field.