5 Tips to Increase Quality Referrals from Third-Party Recruiters

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Categories: Corporate Recruiters
RecruitAlliance facilitates quality communication between hiring managers and recruiters.The relationship between hiring organizations and recruiting agencies can be tumultuous. Employers often find they must work with a high volume of third-party recruiters simply to find one or two who actually produce results. This can be extremely frustrating for organizations who count on outside assistance in uncovering top talent to fill their needs.

As with any personal or business relationship, in order for both parties to come together to meet a mutually beneficial result, each side must be open and willing to communicate their needs. Here are the top five tips to assist hiring managers in increasing the quality of referrals they receive from external recruiting agencies.

1. Finding a good match requires more than just a job description. The job of a headhunter is to provide you with top quality candidates your company would not otherwise have access to. To ensure the agencies you work with have the ability to produce results, it's imperative to articulate the nuances of the position; necessary background/experience, soft skills, and the cultural fit.

2. Why would an A-player choose to work for your company over the competition? What's uniquely special about your organization that will effectively entice them to become a part of your team? A good recruiter will inquire about what makes your company special. A great one will create a white paper/marketing plan that identifies how they will represent your company in the search, and exactly where they will recruit your target candidates from.

3. Is there a reason other hires have not worked out in this role? Could there be a systemic problem within your department or organization that's creating the opening? In order for external recruiting partners to be successful in their search, this must be discussed with them, or the business relationship is set-up for failure.

4. What type of personality is going to integrate well in this department/company? Understanding the soft skills required to perform a job are just as important as the target background, experience and employment history. In order for third-party recruiters to effectively refer quality matching candidates, you have to be prepared to articulate the personality traits necessary.

5. Your feedback moves the search forward. Employers become frustrated with agency recruiters when they don't provide regular updates. Likewise, recruiters who do not obtain regular feedback from hiring decision makers have no clear direction for their search. Communication is clearly the key to ensuring prompt, efficient requisition fills.

RecruitAlliance is a cloud solution that facilitates effective communication between employers and third-party recruiting agencies. It saves both parties time, and eliminates the RFP process. To learn more about leveraging external relationships to fill more positions with exceptional candidates, visit the RecruitAlliance website.

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