So your company just partnered with a staffing agency (congrats!) Or, maybe you haven’t taken that step yet, but you’re thinking about it (good thinking!) Either way, getting started on solid ground – and then nurturing that ground – is the key to having a great relationship.
Here are 3 tips for building a strong employer/recruiter relationship:
1. Define Expectations
It’s so important to take time and define expectations up front. Your recruiter should be meeting with you – face to face – to get a clear understanding of your goals. It’s the only way a great hiring strategy can be put into place. If your recruiter isn’t taking the time to get to know you and your organization so she can develop a customized staffing solution, you might want to think twice about moving ahead with that particular relationship.
2. Have a Plan
Whether you’re looking to fill direct hire, contract, or temp-to-hire positions, it’s important to create a well-organized plan for the hiring process that you and your recruiter will be conducting. Depending on what kind of recruiter services you’re using, you should have a plan for managing the job posts, candidate screenings, interviews, etc. An organized plan will prevent last-minute crises from creeping up on you.
3. Keep Lines of Communication Open
It goes without saying – communication is key. Keep a line of communication open at all times with your recruiter. Give feedback, share concerns, ask questions. It’s the best way to have a strong, healthy and successful employer/recruiter relationship.
If you’re a CT employer that’s thinking about hiring a staffing agency, consider A.R. Mazzotta. There are lots of reasons why you should choose us!