Over the past few years, the majority of my clients — and the consultants that work in their companies —have been frustrated by the lack of quality applications for their roles. There are a lot of applicants out there, but what percentage are actually turning into ‘viable’ candidates?
You will know that one of the quickest and easiest methods to identify the right candidates and attract them onto the market is to pick up the phone and speak to them directly. You will get a much quicker response – even if it’s not the response you wanted. However, a bit of courage is needed to make those extra headhunt calls that can help you turn that tough-to-fill role into a deal in no time.
This is easier said than done. When faced with the option of firing over a quick email or staying behind and making a few phone calls. It can be very tempting to just click ‘send’ and head home. There are a number of reasons why people may be hesitant: fear of failure and procrastination are popular excuses.
A headhunt call is really no different to any other kind of cold call that you do. With a plan and bit of practice they get easier and you can become better at them. Follow these seven tips to set yourself up for success with your next call.
With the advent of national and international recruitment many years ago, I saw a huge decline in face to face (f2f) interviewing as the norm.
When considering best practice, then of course, meeting with the candidate that you are going to put forward to a client is the best option. So, why do so many companies not even consider this, when it’s an option to them?
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting out to events and seminars organised by the major trade bodies that represent our industry. This post’s subject is one that has come up in every conversation – ‘The Candidate Experience’.
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Well, guess what… some of the blame lies with you!
Whether you are a recruitment consultancy placing people in their ideal jobs or a company trying to hire a new member of staff, if the candidate doesn’t accept the offer of employment, then you have to look to yourself first of all… before blaming them.
In the world of agency recruitment, the focus is always the same:
Selected Candidates + Clients = Placements = Commission
Nothing else matters.
And this has worked for us for many years. But increasingly we are seeing a neglected group becoming more vocal. Not only do they vent their frustrations online, but there are well established review sites that encourage such feedback (think Glassdoor).
It could be about the 45 minutes wait at the lobby despite being early for the screening interview. Or the stupid questions that were fielded which discussed everything under the sun except the candidature of the applicant.
And they are coming fast and furious from the candidates that didn’t get placed.