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There are many excellent recruitment agencies in New Zealand, and many businesses get good value from engaging with them to recruit new staff. However, there are a range of considerations to consider when engaging a recruitment agency. You should be conducting due diligence and research into the agency before entrusting them with the critical work of finding possible new hires for your business. There are both advantages and disadvantages to consider with agencies.

This article sets out three things to think about when engaging a recruitment agency. This includes: 

  • doing your due diligence; 
  • considering whether the agency has industry expertise in your particular field; and
  • thinking about what arrangement best suits your business’ needs. 

Due Diligence on How the Agency Works

It is an important decision when you engage a recruitment agency to source candidates for your business. Of course, getting the right people in your team and staff is one of the key drivers to a successful business, particularly when it is growing. On that basis, it is vital that the recruitment agency you work with has good systems in place. They should wholly understand what you are looking for. 

You should be having comprehensive conversations with the agency so that they understand exactly what you are looking for for a candidate. The agency should understand what your business is all about and what your culture is like internally. A strong consultant will take the time to understand your needs to a high level of detail. This ensures the best chance of finding a suitable candidate.

You should do your due diligence on a prospective recruitment agency. You should understand the agency’s ethos and manner of work and their previous clients’ experience. Likewise, you should also know how much experience their recruiters have and their strengths and weaknesses. Ideally, you would see case studies where they have helped find great candidates for businesses like yours. 

Take your time before engaging a recruitment agency. It can make all the difference to have a quality relationship with an agency that really understands your business’ needs.

Consider Whether the Agency Has Industry Expertise

Different recruitment agencies specialise in different kinds of work, particularly in terms of industries. Therefore, if you have specific requirements from your workers regarding experience or qualifications, your recruitment agency should be fully across these. For instance, your industry may require certain pre-requisite skills or knowledge in potential employees. In that case, an agency with experience in your specific industry would be beneficial. 

Engaging an agency with deep industry experience has a range of benefits relative to an agency without that experience. For example, agencies with experience placing workers in businesses like yours will better understand the landscape of candidates and what skills and experiences tend to be most valuable. They will also likely have a broader network of possible candidates if they have been working in the industry for some time. Likewise, they may have a stronger reputation with employees than other agencies. For these reasons, it is a good idea to consider the agency’s industry expertise when considering engaging one.

What Arrangement Best Serves Your Business?

There are both advantages and disadvantages to engaging a recruitment agency for your business. For example, there will be associated costs with using a recruitment agency. However, they may be able to save significant time for your business by finding good candidates much more quickly. This is a consequence of experience in recruiting combined with existing networks of possible candidates. Agencies can usually tap into these networks to find new hires much faster than a business starting from scratch. Sometimes, this speed is critical if you have a gap you need to fill quickly.

Further, you should consider what your business is looking for when engaging a recruitment agency. You also want to check the agency has a record and style in line with the kind of employees you are looking for in your business.

Key Takeaways

Engaging a recruitment agency can be an excellent move for your business. However, there are some essential consideration before engaging an agency. Firstly, you should be researching to understand the agency and how they work. This is because they will be carrying out recruitment on your business’ behalf. Therefore, ensure you have a good understanding of the agency’s strengths and weaknesses. You should also think about your business’ needs and whether an agency is the best fit given your recruitment needs. 

For more information about engaging a recruitment agency, contact LegalVision’s employment lawyers on 0800 005 570 or complete the form on this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should you check before engaging a recruitment agency?

Before engaging with a recruitment agency, you should first conduct background research. Find out how they do business, their experience and history, and what their networks look like. Importantly, if you are looking to hire an employee with a specific set of industry skills or experience, ensure the agency has industry expertise in your field.

What are the advantages of a recruitment agency?

Recruitment agencies typically have significant contacts or lists of people. Therefore, they can sometimes source good candidates faster than your business could do on its own. They can also help smooth the recruitment process for both the employee and the employer. 

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