A Recruiting Spigot

Apr 1, 2003

HR Magazine, April 2003Special Report on Employment and Staffing

Checklist for a Successful Partnership

If you’re considering signing up with an on-demand recruiting service (ODRS) firm, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Make sure that all deliverables—names, titles, phone numbers and qualifying information—become your property at the outset.
  2. Watch for conflicts of interest with the sourcer’s other clients. A dedicated team or a guaranteed fresh search for every position will ensure names are not being shared with your competitors.
  3. The ODRS firm should use ongoing metrics that measure its success. These should go deeper than simply a record of successful hires, and may include interview-to-offer ratios and offer-to-acceptance ratios. The recruiter also should provide data on the total number of candidates sourced, spoken to, pre-qualified and interviewed.
  4. Develop well-defined, funding-approved positions. This is the primary predictor of success in an ODRS search.
  5. Familiarize hiring managers with the ODRS model and with the individuals who will be conducting the search.
  6. Meet at least weekly with the ODRS recruiters to assess progress and the need to fine-tune position requirements.
  7. Be ready to handle the ODRS output without delay, so that ripe candidates who have been wooed by the recruiter don’t slip away while waiting for a response.


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