As your business develops and grows, the requirement for staff increases. With this, comes the potentially time-consuming, and sometimes stress-inducing, recruitment process. With your business to run and employees to lead, an extra task can become an insurmountable challenge, especially if you find yourself facing one or more of these problems.
You cannot fill those shoes
When hiring for a position that you could not do yourself, filtering through your list of candidates can be a little daunting. The skills they speak of may confuse you and without knowing exactly what you are looking for, you could hire the wrong person. Ultimately, this will cost you and your business more money and time, but if you could hire right the first time, you would. This is where a recruitment agency becomes almost essential. Their experience and knowledge of specialist roles enables them in knowing what to look for. Working with a recruitment agency can support you in hiring for positions that you don’t know a great deal about, and at the end of the day, the cost to hire the right person is less than the cost to replace the wrong one.
“Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do” – Malcolm Forbes
Time is money
With personal experience in recruitment, you may have a practised eye for the right candidates. However, with one too many duties, you simply may not have the time to spend on the hiring process. After searching, screening and short listing, you haven’t even completed the interviews yet, and what seemed like a relatively simple process has soon become an epic mission. With the helping hands of a recruitment agency, that workload can be lifted from your shoulders, freeing up your time to focus on other important responsibilities. You can still remain a part of the process, but it will reduce pressure knowing that there is more than one person working towards that goal.
“Time spent on hiring is time well spent” – Robert Half
Business isn’t booming
You explore your chosen market, discovering an opening for a dynamic, new product to emerge from and you put your all into what you envision to be a great success. The feeling of prosperity will soon pass when you realise that some employees are apathetically delivering piteous sales pitches. If your employees wouldn’t buy your product, what interest would they draw from to get a customer curious? Building a relationship with a candidate prior to hiring can help you to understand whether they are really interested by what you do. Recruitment agencies have those links with potential candidates and manage communications with them to interpret where their interests lie. This weeds out the candidates who have no real passion for your creation and puts a spotlight on those who do.
“Great vision without great people is irrelevant” – Jim Collins
Hiring the right person isn’t only about education and experience: it is also about personality. If your newest employee enjoys displaying behaviour others find disruptive or inappropriate for the workplace, it can cause conflict. This incompatibility amongst your employees can create tension and reduce work performance, especially if they are required to work in teams. Professional recruiters can help you to avoid this problem by assisting in the hiring process, determining candidates’ personality traits with the provision of cleverly constructed questions at the interview stage.
“You can’t teach employees to smile. They have to smile before you hire them” – Arte Nathan
The office is looking a little empty
You have found yourself experiencing the highest staff turnover since business began and you’re not sure where the problem lies. With a well-managed organisation, expertly constructed business plan and plenty of company benefits, what could the problem possibly be? Employees may find themselves leaving a company because they aren’t truly passionate in what they do or the money just isn’t enough, and this begins with recruitment. Finding a candidate with drive and dedication can be arduous and time-consuming, but for a recruitment consultant with experience and expertise, that is what the job is all about: sourcing a candidate with genuine interest and commitment, and not just money-minded motivation.
“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for the love of it” – Henry David Thoreau