When it comes to recruiting new employees to fit your IT business, you know your company best and probably have a very clear idea of what you are looking for. This can make it hard to hand over the reins of recruitment to an outside agency, but there can be real pros to using a trusted recruitment company, particularly one that specialises in your industry. Getting talented and valuable employees into your business is worth the time and money spent, as they will help to drive your business forward.
Here we will explore the key benefits of using a recruitment agency to secure the right candidate for your next vacancy.
It will save you time
There are no two ways about it. Recruiting for a specialist IT job role takes a lot of time. First, there is drafting a precise job advert and specification to ensure that the right type of candidate is encouraged to apply for the role. Then you need to market the vacancy across multiple channels, sift through the applications as they come in, shortlist and set up interviews, perform relevant tests, hold the interviews, shortlist again, perform second interviews, offer a job, get references and set up the new employee in their role. It is a time-consuming process that needs to be followed to ensure that you find the perfect candidate.
Time is money, however. A recruitment agency can take all of these initial steps off your hands and let you get on with the day-to-day running of your business. You simply outline what you need, and the agency will use their specialist resources to find you a pool of potential candidates that all fit your requirements.
With their detailed knowledge of the hiring process, a recruiter can draw on their vast experience to move quickly and effectively through each stage to ensure that you get your vacancy filled sooner rather than later.
Reach the best candidates
When advertising a job role, you are putting the opportunity out into the open market, attracting candidates who may not necessarily be right for your position. As applicants will apply for the role who do not meet your specific needs - You will spend time filtering through all of the applications, assessing their competency for the role and communicating with potential applicants to find out more about them, and matching them to the position. There isn’t always time to go through this thorough process properly and it can lead to a stressful hiring experience. Hiring the wrong person can cause more problems and cost more money in the long run.
A recruitment agency works in a different way, sourcing valuable candidates and hand-picking them to meet your specifications. An agency will have a number of different methods for reaching appropriate candidates. They may invest in job boards, as you would, but they will also have a database full of candidates they have already sourced and can be matched with your role. A specialist IT recruitment agency like Spectrum IT Recruitment has a strong network that it can pull upon to shortlist a handful of candidates for you, all of whom meet your criteria.
A good recruiter will have an in-depth knowledge of the industry they are working within. They should stay up-to-date with the latest trends and software that are relevant to different job roles within their specialist sector. This means that they can instantly understand what you need from your candidate. It also means they know how difficult the market is when it comes to recruiting for any given roles, can give you a good idea of expected salary and career expectations from desirable candidates, and advise you of any current complexities in recruiting for a particular role.
A good recruitment agency will also take the time to get to know your company and your position within the market. This will help inform them of your brand, ethos and working culture, which gives them more information to source the right kind of candidate for your needs.
Keeping your company name private
Agencies are able to help you start recruiting, even when the role is sensitive. If your company, for whatever reason, is unable to openly advertise a job, then a recruitment agency can source candidates on your behalf in a confidential manner. The job advert will be under their name and the agency can work with the level of discretion that you need.
Going the extra mile
Recruitment agencies are working on your behalf and they want to help you as much as possible so that you use them again and again. This means they will often offer extra services that can really benefit your business. These can include salary benchmarking, technical testing and candidate profiling. Some even offer free interview space, so that interviews can take place in a neutral and easily accessible location, rather than in your own building. Ideal if your company is relocating or your employees work from home.
Find out more about how Spectrum IT Recruitment can help you with your recruitment needs and source candidates suited to your business requirements.