Many large companies now use the services of a recruitment consultancy to help them to fill a vacancy with the perfect new employee. These experts take on the responsibility for every step of the recruitment process and could include:
• Advertising the job
• Vetting CVs
• Arranging candidate interviews and tests
• Negotiating with successful employees
This takes the emphasis for the recruitment process away from the manager that needs to fill the vacancy and allows them to continue with their daily work. Obviously the consultant will liaise with the recruiting manager at every step of the process to ensure that only the most suitable candidates make it to the interview stage.
Traditionally job adverts appear in the local newspaper or job centre, but this is often more likely to be an online recruitment website now. Potential candidates browse adverts on these websites regularly and can apply for an interesting position within a few clicks.
To ensure that the most suitable candidates apply, the advert should contain an accurate and detailed job description along with a list of any necessary skills or experience and the salary expectations. Having all of these details will help to weed out potential applicants who will want too much salary or do not have the necessary skills.
In the current economic climate, it is possible for a job advert to gather many applications. This is one area where a good recruitment consultancy can save a business a significant amount of time and money. The consultant will read through the CVs as they arrive and will often speak to any suitable candidates that meet the specification. The consultant will pass any applicants that appear suitable to the recruiting manager for review.
Once the manager has picked which candidates to interview, the recruiter will arrange these with the candidates. Depending on the position, the recruiter might even perform the interviews on behalf of the employer. This could be a phone interview or a traditional face-to-face interview. Some employers insist that candidates take tests during the interview stage, and the consultancy can arrange and administer these tests.
Negotiating with Candidates
When the successful candidate receives a job offer then the recruitment consultancy will usually work as an intermediary for both parties. This might include:
• Start Date
Once the new employee starts work, the business will receive an invoice for their services. Often the bill will be a percentage of the salary of the new recruit, but they have the skills and experience to save the business a lot of time and money during recruitment.