Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. – Andrew Carnegie
Have you ever had difficulty filling an open role on your team? Finding the right talent isn’t easy. Top talent is greatly sought after, and in areas as high-demand as digital marketing, top candidates have many options. This is why niche recruiters are so valuable— over 90% of the people we recruit are not looking for a new role. Perhaps you are new to working with recruiters, or perhaps you have worked with recruiters in the past and the outcome was less than ideal. In either case, the following three tips can help you find success in teaming up with a recruiter:
- Engage in precise communication from the start. A recruiter needs more than a job description to achieve great results. Every search should start with an “ideal candidate discussion.” This is a time when knowledge is transferred from the hiring manager to the recruiter. This is also a time for the recruiter to interject with expertise they have gained from similar searches. A knowledgeable recruiter will know the right questions to ask— questions that not only properly qualify candidates, but also get candidates interested in the role. A knowledgeable recruiter can also help you align your expectations with what is available in the market.
- Provide quick and complete feedback every step of the way. Precise communication from the start may be a good start, but quick and complete feedback throughout the entire process is necessary in order to be successful. When a candidate is submitted for consideration, the recruiter needs you to deliver prompt feedback on that candidate. The more you share, the more adjustments can be made in order to zero-in on the best candidates for the role. Additionally, the recruiter should be kept up-to-date on all changes that pertain to the search. For example, if the search is being delayed, the recruiter should be notified in a timely manner and, if possible, provided a new timeline. Your recruiter will work more efficiently if they can manage competitive threats and candidate expectations.
- Respect the candidate. Pursuing a new role and accepting a new role are major decisions for a candidate. It is not only a massive career move for the candidate themselves, but it also affects the candidate’s life and family. Respecting the candidate’s decision-making is the right and professional thing to do. It also helps recruiting efforts if the marketplace has good things to say about how you treat candidates. Additionally, it helps candidates decide to accept your offer if they are treated with respect and consideration throughout the entire recruiting process.
Recruiting is a team effort in every aspect. Communication, consideration, and cooperation are key to achieving successful outcomes in hiring the right talent. When working with recruiters, remember to communicate precisely from the start, provide quick and detailed feedback at every step, and respect the candidate’s decision to accept—or reject —an offer.