9 Things Good Recruiters Do

9 Things Good Recruiters Do

Recruiters do many things, but there are fewer things good recruiters do. In this short article, we spotlight standard recruitment industry practice and highlight what employers should be looking for in a recruitment partner. Standard recruiter practice Most recruitment services throughout the UK are supplied on a contingency basis. This means that employers avoid paying for services in advance and they do not have to accept candidates presented by the recruiter. All  the risk remains with the recruiter, but recruitment firms still have to make a profit. You can imagine why recruiters try to avoid spending time with candidates who they don't believe will generate a fee. That sounds like good selection practice, but recruitment is challenging because its a people business. People are fussy and recruiters find themselves as matchmakers on skills, experience and personal chemistry. To be frank, it's a difficult mix to deal with and the widlcards in the recruitment process are: How quickly employers review candidate details and respond. ...
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Three Golden Rules for Managing Recruiters

Three Golden Rules for Managing Recruiters

Employers should expect their recruitment partners to quickly deliver outstanding candidates. But, recruiters will only give you great results if you do your part too. This short blog will help you understand how to make sure that your organisation is worth their time. Managing Recruiters - The Terms You want cost-effective commercial terms guaranteeing an outstanding level of service for the lowest overall cost. The 3 commercial levers for managing recruiters are: Rate The percentage of basic salary and benefits payable to the agent once candidates are successfully placed. Rebate The period over which a percentage of the rate is repayable due to premature departure of the candidate. Exclusivity period The period for which a single recruitment partner retains sole right to present candidates for a vacancy. Some employers desire a mutually rewarding relationship with their recruitment partners. Others seek commercial terms that recruiters describe as unrewarding. Settling punitive terms generally demotivates recruiters, resulting in less focus on the employer. Don't fool yourself; the best candidates are presented to employers...
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Should you interview with a Recruiter?

Should you interview with a Recruiter?

Recruitment companies and agents are critical partners to employers when they look for new staff. Their relationship with you and with the employer can affect your chances of securing the job. This blog will help all candidates understand why you should interview with a recruiter during the process. Why you should interview with a recruiter Candidates, recruiters and employers represent the 3 players in the recruitment process. Candidates and recruiters who work well together present a stronger story to the employer. When you interview with a recruiter, the experience should help you to: Qualify you interest and suitability based upon a fuller definition of the role. Probe the recruiter's knowledge of people, culture and future prospects. Build trust with the recruiter so that you communicate freely throughout the recruitment process. Treat an interview with a well informed recruiter as one that prepares you for an interview with the employer. The more you know, the better prepared you will be and the greater your...
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Recruit Faster or Fall Behind

Recruit Faster or Fall Behind

The UK has high levels of employment and continued skills shortfalls. Some employers are reporting that recruitment is slow and that they would like to recruit faster. We investigated some recent UK employment figures to find out what was going on. The Office for National Statistics (ONS)* publish UK labour market statistics. They show that the employment rate reached 75.3 percent during the three months to July 2017. This is the highest employment rate since comparable records began in 1971 and evidences an appetite to recruit despite any economic uncertainty due to Brexit. Employment Market Facts 14 million People are in work (181,000 more than for February to April 2017 and 379,000 more than for a year earlier) With an unemployment rate of only 4.3 percent, it is harder for employers to secure the employment of suitably qualified new staff. Statistics show there are only 1.9 unemployed people for every current vacancy. This is exacerbated by a fall in net migration from the...
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