How to Work with Your Recruiter

February 20, 2015

Clear Communication and Trust.

This is what nourishes a blissful relationship with your recruiter, and helps keep top people on your workforce. What could be more simple right? Well here’s what often gets in the way and how you can avoid the traps.

Cosmic forces sometimes align.

I’m talking about your business needs and general labor market conditions. Sometimes they come together, but how long can you wait for them to align? The reality is you need to fill a position before you burn out your staff. Luck plays a role in how things pan out, but luck is the residue of design, as the famous adage goes. Cultivating a strong relationship with your recruiter is part of that design. While your recruiter may not be able to perform any cosmic shift, he or she should find the very best talent available. A recruiter has access to a network of passive candidates who haven’t sought out or sent a resume to your company, and this is the pool where you typically find your best match.

Avoid Imposing Your Bureaucracy on a Staffing Agency.

Sometimes the recruitment systems at your company can work against what they’re trying to do: help you hire the right person. Be as flexible as you can, you don’t want company bureaucracies to undermine themselves by not allowing you to hire the right candidate.

Tell Me About Yourself.

Be as honest as possible, and then some more about your office and the tasks associated with the open position. Share specific examples of the “rockstars” of your company. Talk about their values, as well as the pains and stresses of the job. Talk about the things you do well and need to do well but also talk about the things that tend to go wrong, and how successful people deal with it. Yes, the horror stories help. But it’s important to be very honest with the horror stories.

Not Just Plugging a Hole.

Ultimately it’s to everyone’s advantage to look long-term and adjust the incentive to a broader vision of success. You’re not just plugging a hole, you’re advancing a winning strategy and nourishing a winning work culture.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

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