The hiring process is a big undertaking. Writing job descriptions, scheduling interviews, and onboarding are time consuming and take a special skill set. This is especially true if you’re hiring multiple people within the same time period.
Take a step back and evaluate the best way to approach the process for your company.
Consider whether an agency recruiter or in-house recruiter is the right fit. If you have multiple hires or you lack the personnel to lead the recruitment process, an agency is the best way to go but if you are a small company and only need to hire one person this year, keeping the recruiting process in-house is probably your best choice.
The following are some reasons to hire an agency recruiter:
Devotion. Agency recruiters are devoted to both the company and candidate equally. Their goal is ensuring the right match. In fact, they are hyper-focused on this since the livelihood of their company depends on it. An in-house recruiter on the other hand may have a better sense of the company culture and long-term goals. While this is true, a good agency recruiter will get to the bottom of exactly who you’re looking for.
Cost. Agency recruiters are typically more affordable than in-house recruiters. An in-house recruiter is an employee – you’re paying annual wages, benefits, etc. Whereas, you can hire an agency on an as needed basis.
Capacity. Agency recruiters have the capacity to source, screen, and interview multiple candidates. This saves you the time, energy, and resources that you would expend by taking the process in-house. And if you need to hire someone quickly, an agency can meet your timeline without the distractions an in-house recruiter would encounter.
Knowledge of Skills. Agency recruiters understand what skills are needed for particular roles. While an in-house recruiter knows your company inside and out, an agency is able to match skill sets with the open position. The last thing you want is to hire someone and discover a lack of skills for being successful in the role.
Outsider. Agency recruiters are not employees in your company. This makes it easier on your staff when hiring for executive positions, for example. In-house recruiters aren’t able to separate themselves from the implications of the hire like an agency can.
It could be argued agency recruiters lack in an understanding of your company culture or that they’re too sales versus people oriented. These are valid concerns. Be upfront with your hesitations to the agency recruiter you’re considering. A good agency will explain their process and actively listen to your needs.
At Step Up Recruiting we pay close attention to our client’s requirements, corporate culture, and even future needs. We match each opportunity with the most exceptional, qualified, and eager candidates for a perfect-fit solution. Initial perfect-fit and lasting satisfaction for both clients and candidates is our goal for each and every placement. Read more about our guarantee.