How to Get the Most Out of Working with a Recruiter

Are you a hiring manager on the hunt for fresh talent in the mortgage, property or financial industry? Are you thinking of outsourcing your candidate search? Perhaps your company is already in discussions about working with a recruiter, and you need some tips on maximising your experience as a client? 

In this blog, we’ll help you understand how to best use a recruiter to source fresh new talent for your company. As a specialist recruitment agency, we are valuable partners, connecting you with candidates that best align with what you’re looking for. So, let’s discover how you can maximise your experience when working with a recruiter.


Define Your Goals and Expectations to your Recruiter:

Expectations from your recruitment agency

Before getting in touch, take some time to clarify your goals and expectations. What kind of person are you looking for? We need this information early on, to make way for a seamless, efficient process. We need a good understanding of the type of candidate your business is looking for. Are you on the hunt for a trainee mortgage advisor? Or does your position require a candidate with several years of experience. Will your new-hire be funded through their CeMAP qualification, or will this be a prerequisite to the role? Is there a specific location you need potential hires to be based? Whatever the details, let us know! This simplifies the process for both parties, and means we can source just the right person, in the least amount of time. Similarly, if the requirements of the role changes, just drop us an email or give us a call. 

Leverage Our Expertise:

All recruiters, particularly specialist recruiters like us, possess a wealth of knowledge and exclusive industry insights. Tap into our expertise! Engage in meaningful conversations with us and ask for advice on how to articulate a job description, decide on the annual salary, or define your expectations. We can provide valuable feedback, help you highlight your company benefits, and suggest areas for improvement. Our networking skills and knowledge of the mortgage and property sector allows us to locate the best people, and offer candidates who we KNOW will fit perfectly within your organisation. 

Maintain Open Communication with your Recruiter:

Communication is the key to any successful partnership. Be proactive in keeping us informed about any changes to your requirements, working hours, or salary. Regularly update us on recent interviews you’ve conducted with our candidates – we want to know! Whether you loved every candidate we sent over, or you’re unsure if you’ve met the right person yet, we can offer advice to move forward. By maintaining open lines of communication when working with a recruiter, you’ll enable us to better represent your company and match you with people who will thrive with you. Leaving a recruiter in the dark will only waste your time, as well as ours, and delay the hiring process further if we aren’t updated on any changes. 

Be Responsive and Reliable:

We work really hard to screen CVs, secure interviews and act as the liaison between clients and candidates. When we reach out with potential CV’s, try to remember that a recruiter has spent time reviewing everyone to offer you the most suitable people for the job. So, we appreciate clients being responsive and timely in their communication. Additionally, delays can affect candidate morale, and lead to applicants pulling out of the process. It takes a great deal of time, effort and expertise to source the perfect kinds of people for your organisation. If we aren’t able to get in touch for weeks, or emails are left unanswered, then this can pose problems for us recruiters when shortlisting candidates or arranging interviews. We want everyone to be happy, so do keep us in the loop!

Provide Constructive Feedback:

Feedback is valued by recruiters

All recruitment agencies thrive on feedback – and we are no different! Did that candidate prove to not be EXACTLY the kind of person you needed? This is rare, but can happen! Or perhaps you’re chuffed with the new hire – let us know! It’s so fulfilling and uplifting to hear good news about the people we place, and helps us see where we’re doing well, and where we might need to improve! Honesty is the best policy, so don’t be hesitant to keep us in-the-know when. This honesty will not only help you learn what you are and are not looking for, but will also help us better understand your needs for future placements. If we don’t know, we can’t help! 

Build a Long-Term Relationship:

It’s a great idea to maintain a relationship with us, even after we’ve placed a candidate and the process is complete. Say you used a recruiter for the very first time, and they sourced the perfect candidate for your vacancy. We certainly aren’t one-trick ponies; it’s important to us to consistently place the best talent in the industry… so stay in touch! We love to hear how that recent hire is getting on, or whether you’re getting ready to fill another position. By keeping lines of communication open and easy when working with a recruiter, we can jump straight back into candidate searching if we need to!

There we have it! 

So, that’s the lowdown on maximising your experience when working with a recruiter. Remember, the job market is tough, and the hiring process is an absolute minefield. Stay positive and trust us to have your best interests in mind – we are here to help!

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