When I write blogs giving you tips my intent is to convey the kind of information that will make your job easier. If I can make it easier for you to work with a recruiter, then it stands to reason it’s a lot easier for me too. So you’ll have to forgive me if this blog is a little self-serving!

Once you’ve read these tips you may have some questions and if that’s the case, just send me an email at: dan@consearch.com.

Here are four great tips to make it easy to work with a recruiter:

  1. Find the kind of recruiter who asks a lot of detailed questions. This is the only way he/she will understand your business and what you need. Just by doing this one thing, you will make the process so much easier!
  1. Work with someone who actually listens to you so they can learn about the job opportunity. You want a recruiter with experience in presenting an opportunity so that it appeals to the right candidate, eliciting a positive response and leading to a successful search!
  1. Select a recruiter that you are confident can fill the job. Give him/her an exclusive but with a deadline of three weeks to present solid candidates. If he/she can produce quality candidates, even if you don’t hire anyone, give them more time to get the job done. If within three weeks they don’t produce any viable candidates, take them off the job and go with another firm. Give the new firm the same exclusive. When someone is focused and puts in the effort they can produce results. But if you have several recruiters working simultaneously they soon discover this and won’t give your search top priority.
  1. By hiring a recruiter for hourly consulting work you will find out if you can secretly recruit the top sales reps or technical people from your competitors! This is a very effective strategy.

(For more information about maximizing the benefits of working with a recruiter, download a copy of Dan Simmons’ e-Book, Hunting the Headhunter: Your Guide to Debunking Myths, Cutting Costs, and Changing the Way You Play the Recruitment Game.)