You are right! There are lots of choices but like anything else, you need to do your homework. Start with a web search and check out their website. Don’t get fooled by fancy language on the website – that’s nice but who are the people behind the website? Do a google search on the “people” and see what articles and information you can glean from that. Are they the type of people you want to represent your organization in the marketplace? Do they have the history, credentials and reputation you would like to see? Your brand is going to be represented by them. Think about that! Ask for references so that you can actually speak to some who can tell you what it was like to work with them. Don’t just ask for client references but ask for candidate references as well. You want to understand how they work through a recruitment process and how they treat the candidates who are applying to your open positions. Many firms specialize in a particular area or niche. That can be valuable and yet it can be limiting. If you are truly looking for the best candidate, they may not come from your industry. Hard as it is to believe, some of the best placements we have made in the past 25 years have been with candidates who have taken their skills and applied them to new markets. The clients love it as they have a person on their team who thinks differently and sees possibilities where non existed before. Candidates who cross over from other industries bring a wealth of information and insight and potential and should not be overlooked. Working with a Professional Recruitment Firm who is willing to search broadly and not just in your market, might introduce you to some wonderful candidates you never would have thought of.
Invest in some time up front to search out your best options for a Professional Recruiter and you will not be disappointed in the results.