Interviewing a new recruiter can be a daunting task. You want to have someone on your team that truly understands your business’ staffing needs and the industry at large. On top of that, here are some more traits to look for when hiring your next recruiter.
Understanding of the Industry
At the end of the day, your recruiter is your direct line to top talent. They need to have a good understanding of your industry to know what it takes to be a quality candidate for your organization. When fielding recruiters, be sure to ask them some industry-specific questions and gauge how well they know your sector. You should also research the staffing firm they are with and ensure the agency specializes in placement for the industry you are in.
Ability to Anticipate Needs
A good understanding of the industry will give them the ability to better anticipate your needs. This is because they will know what type of a person it takes to be reliable and successful with an organization like yours. Beyond that, they will also know when you should reassess your hiring needs. For instance, if you are struggling with keeping up with demand or a busy season is approaching, they will know how to handle staffing and even help you get a head start on recruiting.
Another thing to screen for when hiring your next recruiter is good communication skills. As stated above, your recruiter is a direct line to top talent for your company. You want them to have the best communication skills possible so that you know where you stand in the process of finding quality candidates. Good communicators are also good listeners. So, when it comes time to discuss the needs of your business, they will be all ears and truly understand what you are looking for.
It will also make it easier to attract and find top talent. Good communication skills will reflect positively on your company during the recruiting and hiring process. Providing a good candidate experience by communicating properly can help you exponentially.
Lastly, many recruiters and their agencies will have reviews online. Take the time to review what other companies have had to say about their experience with them. Note the positive and negative experiences. You might also want to consider discussing the recruiter or company with other companies in your industry. If they’ve worked with them, you can get inside information about what it is like to work with them. In some cases, this can be even more helpful than interviewing the recruiter themselves.
The professionals at A.C. Coy are happy to help your company with your recruiting needs. You can chat with our recruiters and get to know our team. Once you get a chance to meet with us, one of our experienced recruiters will take the information you provided and come up with a plan to fulfill your staffing needs. Contact us to learn more about how we can assist you.