Getting value from an HR recruitment agency

July 24th 2019 | Posted by phil scott

Getting value from an HR recruitment agency


A large number of employers and HR departments use recruitment agencies and service providers to some degree.

Whether it’s a time saving exercise, the need for a unique skill set, overall quality of candidates, or the need to tap into a niche market, many companies have recruitment agencies on their payroll.

While these companies are very valuable and often save money in the long term, they can cost more upfront so it’s important to get value for money.

How does the HR agencies present themselves?

When using a third party to recruit, select an agency that will look to build a genuine relationship with you and act like it is an extension of your company.

Such a recruitment agency will put in the work to gather in-depth knowledge of your business, all relevant functions, and your organisational culture. They should also have the passion of an employee when it comes to introducing and pitching your company to others.

One of the most important things to watch out for with a specialist HR recruiter, is to make sure they have a wide network of contacts to draw upon you are looking for.

This will enhance the agency’s ability to find the best possible specialist candidates for your company.

Building effective relationships

If you have a supplier sort of relationship with your HR recruitment agency whereby you are simply giving the agency a list of your demands, then this is not the sign of a successful professional union. What you need to keep in mind is that this is a two-way process and there has to be something in the deal for both entities. re

Helping to enhance the proposition that the agencies offer

Partnering with a recruitment agency on ether a long-term or short-time basis certainly has a number of advantages. Not only will both parties be able to build a solid working relationship, but they will also be able to reduce the time taken for the actual recruitment and find much better candidates.

Are you getting the most value for your money?

It is great if you are able to secure a good rate from your HR recruitment agency, but what does the service bring you? Are your candidates staying longer in your organisation? And do you know how much does a bad hire cost you?

These are all the questions that you should be thinking about.

If you are an employer and thinking about using a specialist HR recruitment agency, get in touch.