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How to successfully hire using a Recruitment Agency

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Using a recruitment agency is a tried and tested way to ensure you secure the best candidate for an advertised job post. Of course, you know your business and employees best, but a professional recruiter will be able to use their experience to match you up with candidates you may never have come across on your own.


What can I expect from a recruitment agency?


In a nutshell, recruitment agencies offer a cost-effective solution which streamlines the recruitment process and makes life easier for everyone involved. You receive support, as do the candidates, and a recruiter will assist in convincing the candidate that your job role is their best offer.


Streamlined recruitment process


Most in-house recruiters get around 28 days to complete the recruitment process, which can lead to candidates losing interest in favour of a faster offer.


Working with an agency means a professional recruiter can expertly assess your job role, before identifying the specific skill that’s required for the job. This means they can narrow down large candidate pools effectively, saving you time and money.


Larger candidate pool


A recruitment agency will have access to a larger pool of potential hires, as many have global network offices. This means you can consider candidates not only from your area, but from abroad, too.


As technology continues to modernise communication within workplaces, you may find that hiring a remote worker will allow your business to make great strides in its workflow.


Recruitment techniques


Recruiters can champion innovative recruitment processes that could greatly benefit you if you’re interviewing for more niche skillsets.


Old habits die hard, and your tried and tested recruitment process may have worked fine in the past, but new methods can open the door to quicker, more cost-effective solutions, and in turn – a broader range of potential candidates.


Securing the candidate


An agency recruiter will support you in securing the candidate and fending off offers from other employers. Additionally, they can help negotiate competitive salaries and benefits, so you get your top choice.


Making sure the candidate genuinely wants the role is hugely important in maintaining workplace happiness. You’ll benefit from a professional recruiter making the distinction between those who will enjoy their work and those who will eventually find their satisfaction levels dropping.




Using a recruitment agency saves time and money. When faced with time constraints, HR managers will often prefer to interview from an agency shortlist, rather than create that shortlist themselves.


Finding resources for conducting recruitment is getting increasingly more difficult, too, whereas the budget for agency fees is easily financed. That’s why using a recruitment agency is a smarter financial choice – they do the leg work, so you don’t have to worry about finding the time or manpower to do the same.


How do I effectively use a recruitment agency?


Firstly, choose a recruitment agency that fits your industry best.


A specialist recruiter for your industry will have a better understanding of what exactly your job role requires, so they’ll be able to vet candidates more quickly than a general recruiter.

They’ll also understand pay grades within your industry, and you may be able to trust them to negotiate bonuses and/or financial incentives on your behalf.


Have realistic expectations in mind for your candidates. For every job role, there is a list of ideal qualifications and skills.


If you haven’t had a new hire in a few years, a specialist recruiter will be able to explain which of these criteria are realistic in the current market, as well as advising you on other skills you may need to look for.


As job roles evolve, there will be more emphasis on technological capabilities, which is something a recruiter will be looking out for. Not only should your candidate meet your initial requirements, but they should also bring something new to the role in order to increase their scope for achievement.


You’ll also have to prepare a brief before communicating with your chosen recruitment agency. A recruiter needs to know:


  • Specific post information – what does the role entail? What specific skills are necessary?
  • Details regarding the current team – what is the workplace atmosphere like? How will the new employee need to integrate?
  • Day-to-day details – what are the proposed working hours? Is the salary negotiable?

Finally, ensure you communicate effectively with your agency in order to form a successful, long-term working relationship. Being open to ad-hoc candidates and agency suggestions might just give you an edge in the light of the current skills shortage.


Get in touch


If you need to find a top-class candidate for your job role, or you’re a candidate hoping to secure the best position for you, the Maxwell Stephens team would be more than happy to help. Give us a call on 0207 118 48 48 or email and we’ll do our best to respond promptly.

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