The two most obvious benefits of using a recruitment agency to meet your staffing needs are that you will save time and money. By working with a recruitment agency, you can spend less time going through applications and still get to pick from the cream of the crop. Time saved is money earned, but you can also benefit from reducing hiring costs. By making the right hiring decision the first time around, you can enjoy increased staff retention and lower turnover.
This all goes without saying, but in this article, we will look at some of the wider benefits of working with a specialist engineering recruitment agency.
A specialist recruitment agency will have a vast database of candidates ready to get to work and those who may be keeping one eye on other opportunities. When you work with a specialist agency, you get access to all of this, so you start the process one step ahead. If you decide to recruit on your own, you’ll be starting at square one, which means casting a wide net before whittling this down to potential candidates.
Interviewing candidates takes a lot of time. By using a recruitment agency, you will only be sent pre-screened candidates to choose from, so this can remove an entire round of interviews. You can then move forward with confidence knowing that you are only meeting with the best of the best. You can also be confident that candidates will be prepared for the interview as they will have had expert coaching.
Interviewing candidates isn’t easy. With the help of an expert recruitment agency, you can get advice on the interview process and feedback on your technique. After every interview, the candidate will have a debrief with their recruiter. They will always have feedback on how the interview went and how they responded to questions. This information can be invaluable in helping you become a better interviewer.
Aptitude tests take time to organise, and this can be a drain on your resources. Not to mention, you only care about the results, not the process. A specialist recruitment agency can manage aptitude testing, on-site or off-site. They will be able to work with your requirements to create a test that determines their suitability for the role. This can be carried out as part of the pre-screening, so you only have to meet with the candidates who tick all of the boxes. You can also request psychometric testing if you are looking for a particular fit for your team.
Keeping candidates informed about the progress of their application can be time-consuming. Instead of offering feedback to each candidate individually, you can provide a summary to the recruiter and let them take care of the candidate management. The same goes for organising interview times, liaising with candidates about dress codes, and making sure all employment documents are provided before going ahead with interviews. If you want a streamlined process that allows you to focus on getting results, working with a recruiter will certainly help.
There are so many things that can go wrong in the recruitment process that will reflect badly on your company. With a recruitment agency, you are one step removed from the process but still in control. So if a candidate is unhappy with the outcome of their interview, they will take this out on the recruitment agency rather than your company.
These are just some of the benefits you can enjoy with a recruitment agency. Even if you already have an internal HR department, working in tandem with a recruitment agency can yield positive results. Get in touch with Nolan Recruitment today to find out how we can help your business meet its staffing needs.