How to Work with a Recruitment Agency as an Employer
Posted on Monday, October 28, 2019 by The Recruitment Agency of Choice — No comments
Picking up the phone to a London recruitment agency is simple enough. You may strike it lucky and get what you need straight away. However, it’s worth taking time to think about which recruitment agency is best for you. For example, do you need a specialist PA recruitment agency or one that focuses on accounting professionals? Then you need to consider whether you’re looking to fill temporary jobs in London or permanent vacancies.
Not all recruitment agencies are created equally, so we’ve created this guide to help you get the best out of a recruitment agency as an employer.
The most important thing to remember with a recruitment agency is that they represent you and your employer brand. What’s more, recruitment is expensive. It costs tens of thousands of pounds depending on the role. This means you need to trust them and get the best from the relationship.
It’s a common misconception that as the employer, you simply hand over the reins to the recruitment agency without any further input. Whilst the agency work for you, doing the legwork and bringing their experience to the table, it’s a two-way street. This is especially true at the start—the more information you can give the agency, the better the results.
The brief is what you’re looking for. Whether you’re hiring for temp jobs or looking for a permanent PA, you need a brief. The more detailed, the more likely you are to secure the exact candidate you’re looking for.
In the brief, you should ideally include a job description and a personal specification. The job description lists the tasks that make up the role and the skills needed to perform them. To some degree, this overlaps with the person specification. However, the person specification is more about the ideal candidate’s qualities, skills, and experience.
The brief will help you cement your idea of exactly what you’re hoping to achieve, so it’s worth spending some time on.
The brief also helps you decide which agency is best suited to your needs. There are so many recruitment agencies in London. But you can quickly create a shortlist by choosing one that specialises in your field.
This is an important consideration. No doubt you’ll think of some familiar names. But they aren’t the best place to fill distinct roles. Instead, choose a specialist recruitment agency as they’ll understand your requirements and have access to the most appropriate candidates. For example, at Love Success, we are a PA recruitment agency that specialises in PA roles and office support jobs in London.
Whilst shortlisting agencies, you should consider how long they’ve been established and the methods they use. Look at whether they offer the type of recruitment you need, for example, recruitment for temporary roles or permanent positions, in London or further afield.
Now it’s time to pick up the phone and give them a call. Pay attention to their manner and how they interact with you. You should get the sense that they’re efficient and professional. You should be given a named consultant who will be your advocate and work for you, but won’t disturb you with unnecessary details.
Be honest with your consultant. This includes information about salary, rewards, challenges in your working environment, and more. They will protect your confidentiality and be better equipped to find you the ideal candidate.
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