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6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Talent Agency Partnership

Finding and hiring the right person for a job may sound easy, but it can be a time-consuming process. In today’s job market candidates have an advantage in the process.

That’s why many companies are turning to outside staffing agencies to pre-screen and qualify candidates. But like any relationship, communication is key and obstacles will arise so it’s important to find the right talent agency for your needs.

Here are some helpful tips to ensure your experience is great:

Determine Your Needs

Find an agency that can be a true partner for your business. Some agencies only fill positions in certain fields while others serve multiple lines of business. You’ll have to consider your specific needs and expectations before you begin your search for an agency. Interview several firms to find the one that best meets your needs.

Dwell on the Details

The more details your recruiter knows about a position, the better your candidates will be. Start with a detailed job description and communicate specific traits your looking for in candidates.

  • What skills should the best candidates have?
  • What tools should they be able to use?

When recruiters understand what your organization needs, they can target specific skillsets and quickly find viable candidates.

Wait for the Purple Squirrel

Stand in your back yard and you’ll most likely see plenty of gray or brown squirrels. You probably won’t see a purple one, although according to experts, they exist. They’re just really hard to find. That’s why recruiters refer to perfect job candidates as purple squirrels.

Does your hard-to-fill position need a purple squirrel? If so, be patient while your recruiter searches lots of back yards. It will be worth the wait.

Offer Feedback Freely

Feedback is one of the most important things and employer can provide an agency, and timely feedback helps recruiters do their job even better.

Are you unhappy with the candidates you’re receiving? Maybe the recruiter is missing some key details about the position. Share any issues with your recruiter; you’ll likely find the cause and be able to address the issue.

Stay in touch with your recruiter throughout the hiring process and advise her of any delays.

Care About Culture

Placing a candidate in a role based solely on skillset doesn’t always work. Environment and culture are important to most job seekers, so be prepared to share details about each. Experienced recruiters can read candidates quickly and know which ones would run scared in a busy, stressful environment. And, they know which ones would most likely become bored and leave a slow-paced workplace.

Your agency should screen for candidates that would operate well in your environment.

Provide a Realistic Salary

Agencies are prepared to negotiate salaries with candidates, but when a much-too-low offer is extended, it raises red flags for the candidate and can send you back to square one. The job market has shifted since 2010, and hiring managers are competing for top talent. Offering a low-ball salary might cause you to lose a rare, purple squirrel.

Follow these tips when working with a talent agency and you’ll both come out of top. After all, you share the same goal: top candidates in the right jobs. 
Posted by Nancye Claxton at 1:01 PM
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