6 Characteristics of a Superior Recruiter

June 24th, 2016

Once you’ve made the decision to add a professional recruitment firm to your hiring process, there remains the task of selecting the right one for your business. How can you know whether the recruiter you choose will have the ability to get the job done and that you are truly getting your money’s worth from your investment?

Here are six characteristics to look for when choosing a recruiter:

Experience. This should go without saying, but you don’t want a green recruiter working on your behalf. The exception to this advice is working with a recruiter who may be near the beginning of his recruiting career, but brings a lot of industry-specific knowledge and experience to the table.

Market knowledge. A seasoned recruiter has a firm understanding of the local talent market. They know what skill sets are in most demand (and how much is reasonable to pay for them), where the best people are working and how to persuade them to consider a new opportunity.

Excellent interviewing skills. Did the recruiter hit you with a ton of questions, following up and probing like you’ve never experienced before? Good! That means he will do the same with every candidate he speaks to on your behalf. This will dramatically increase the chances of making an accurate match.

Coaching services. You may wonder why you, as an employer, would care that a recruiter offers these services to candidates. A recruiter who works closely with candidates to help them map out a career path will know each candidate well and understand how they will fit into your organization. You’ll see prospects with true retention potential, not someone who’s six months away from a career change.

Responsive. How quickly does the recruiter reply to emails or calls? You’re paying for a service; you shouldn’t have to chase your recruiter down or feel that you are a low priority. Even if he has not yet found suitable candidates for you, he should update you regularly. Remember, if they are not responding to you, they are not responding to candidates. That’s a sure way to lose the best talent to the competition.

Flexible. Is the recruiter able to quickly switch gears as needed? Can he accommodate reasonable changes in timelines or requirements? Is he open about scheduling appointments after hours? The best people are probably employed and unable to take calls during working hours. Superior recruiters are not 9-5ers.

The quickest way to find the best recruiters is by contacting the experts at Select Group, Inc. Our proven professionals can shorten your search for the best talent for your organization, increasing retention and offering the best ROI. Contact us today to learn more.

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