Finding the right candidate for your open position is imperative in today's economy. The cost of selecting the wrong person can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and bad hires can even negatively affect a company's morale and productivity. At the same time, many hiring managers struggle with the recruiting process, which means bad hires are prone to continue.
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Bringing a recruiter on board, whether that means hiring an in-house recruiter or partnering with an external consultant, can be a game changer when it comes to streamlining your hiring process and avoiding bad hires.
1. Recruiters Can Attract the Best Talent
Qualified recruiters know where to look for the right candidates for a role, and they understand how to source both active and passive candidates. Sometimes, the most qualified candidate for the position is not actively looking for a new job. A recruiter knows how to utilize and leverage their network to target that candidate and sell them on the opportunity.
2. Recruiters Understand the Market
Because of their experience with so many companies and candidates, a skilled recruiter knows what an ideal hire looks like. They'll sit down with hiring managers to get complete pictures of what they're looking for. Even when a hiring manager has little more than a few bullet points outlining primary responsibilities, a great recruiter will be able to help define the scope of the position, determine the best culture fit, and set realistic expectations in regard to salary, level of experience, and availability of the candidate in the market.
3. Recruiters Save Companies Time and Money
Engaging in a job search often distracts hiring managers from their main job responsibilities. Reviewing resumes and conducting interviews is extremely time-consuming. A recruiter will take care of all the initial interviewing and scheduling to get the candidate through the interview process. This allows hiring managers to focus only on the most qualified candidates.
Additionally, because recruiters target only qualified candidates, organizations generally have to spend less time and money training their new hires.
4. Recruiters Can Fill Roles in Less Time
Keeping a position open is costly and reduces productivity within an organization. If a position goes unfilled for a long period of time, chances are the duties and responsibilities of the position are either being ignored or passed on to another employee, making it more difficult for them to focus on their own role. Recruiters are able to dedicate 100 percent of their time to identifying qualified candidates and getting them through the interview process, meaning they can fill roles in less time than hiring managers who have other things to worry about in addition to recruiting.
5. Recruiters Know How to Communicate With Candidates
Recruiters spend all day talking to people and are excellent communicators. They are able to talk to candidates about their resumes and backgrounds while detecting red flags and asking the right questions to determine a candidate's motivation and what they would need in order to consider making a move. Recruiters will also gather information regarding a candidate's job search, including other companies with which they are interviewing and how they would react to a counteroffer.
Recruiters can bring a lot of value to an organization. They have the experience and expertise that companies need to hire the best candidates in the market. If you want to avoid bad hires, your best bet is to call in a professional.
Carly Simms is the founder and owner of Hummingbird Recruiting.