Absolute Search Group, Inc.

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For Hiring Organizations

Are you having difficulty trying to juggle all of your current job priorities?


Where does focusing on bringing in quality talent rank?

Priority for you?  YES    Time consuming?  YES

A recruiter should compliment your already focused recruitment efforts to help you arrive at the best hiring decision to increase your business to foster growth and increased revenue for your organization.

They should make the process efficient and comfortable.

Most of us know individuals who have had a positive experience with a search firm and would recommend using one. Conversely, we may know others who had a very negative experience and understandably advise against using a firm. Who is right and who is wrong? They are both correct since each is basing their answer on personal experience.

So how do you personally decide whether to utilize a search firm and, more importantly, which firm to use?

There are certain things to consider as you evaluate utilizing a firm for your search. Taking these points into consideration will help you make a more informed decision and hopefully lead to a positive experience leaving you as an advocate for using a search firm.

Factors For Consideration

Experience - How much experience does the recruiter and his/her firm have in your particular field? There are excellent recruiters in all fields. You should seek an experienced recruiter who specializes in a few professions rather than one who handles too many specialties and therefore finds their focus highly divided throughout their day.

  • Key Points
    • How will they save me time?
    • Will they save my organization money?
    • How much experience do they have as a recruiter overall?
    • How many people have they placed in the specialty?
    • Do they deliver what they promise?
    • How much experience do they have working with the professionals you are seeking to hire?
    • How many different professions do they currently recruit?

Confidence & Trust - Finding out how much relevant experience a recruiter has can help determine your level of confidence but you also need to be comfortable with them to have true confidence. Your level of comfort with a recruiter is typically based on how trustworthy you find them to be. Trust is something typically gained over time as opposed to one or two preliminary conversations. So how do you assess your level of trust in a recruiter early in the process?

  • Key Points
    • Do you approve of how they communicate or do they seem pushy?
    • Do they demonstrate that they truly understand the specific qualifications you desire for a candidate?
    • Do they understand your organizations philosophy, mission and future growth plans?
    • Do they listen to learn about your needs or do they try to force a candidate on you?
    • After you have started working with a recruiter also assess if they follow through with what they said they would do, whether that be a return phone call or obtaining information for you as agreed upon.
    • Are they comfortable thinking outside the box and change their recruitment efforts as your needs change along the way?

Services – A qualified recruiter and search firm will provide the following as a part of their services.

  • Key Points
    • Obtaining a throughout job description (and demonstrate an understanding of your need)
    • Tailored search approach based upon the urgency of your need
    • Diverse set of resources/media used (to post your opportunity and search for qualified talent)
    • Throughout screening of candidates (skill set and appropriate fit)
    • Compensation analysis (what do candidates require)
    • Market analysis (what is competitive in your market)
    • Interview coordination (telephone and in person)
    • Interview debrief (feedback sharing)
    • Contract terms negotiation assistance
    • Placement follow-up (staying in touch with you and the candidate to help ensure a smooth transition with your new hire)