How to Spot a Bad Recruitment Agency

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How to Spot a Bad Recruitment Agency

  • August 19th, 2015
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Sometimes businesses and jobseekers are somewhat hesitant to partner with a recruitment agency. This is often because they’ve had negative experiences in the past. Unfortunately, there are many unreputable “agencies” and consultants out there who make money while offering subpar (or downright useless) service. These are the ones you want to avoid. But how do you spot them? Here are a few warning signs to look out for when assessing recruitment companies.

They Have a Pushy Attitude

If you’re working with a recruiter who seems a bit too sleek and “salesy,” this isn’t necessary a bad thing. But take caution if he or she starts overly pressuring you to go in a certain direction, whether as a candidate or a client business. Recruitment agencies that can’t handle you saying “no” are to be avoided. A good recruitment company will listen to your needs and place those as the priority, guiding you to make the best decisions for your career or your company.

They Keep Matching Your Business With Any Candidate

When a recruitment agency isn’t bothering to give you personalised, attentive service, they’ll send just about anyone your way. This is a waste of your time and money. These bad recruitment agencies are merely trying to put bodies into jobs.A quality recruitment agency, however, will choose wisely and carefully who to consider for your organisation, seeking the best possible matches for both parties.

They Send Jobseekers to Interviews They Aren’t Right For

In the same vein, these negative recruitment companies don’t seem to know what they’re doing (or perhaps don’t care). For jobseekers, being sent to an interview for an ill-fitting role is terribly frustrating and a poor use of your time. As a career professional, you want to work with a recruitment agency who takes the time to really get to know you, your experience, and your aspirations. This is the only method to generate successful employment solutions.

You’re Always Working With Someone New

How would you feel if every time you called the recruitment agency, you were speaking to someone new? What if they didn’t know you by name or even recognise you as a client. This is unacceptable. Those types of recruitment agencies don’t care about building personal relationships with their clients and jobseekers. At On Line Recruitment and Labour Hire, making genuine connections is one of our guiding principles, and you’ll always work with the same team member.

There’s No System of Screening Applicants

When you’ve hired a recruitment company to find you the top candidates, you expect the best. But some substandard agencies don’t even bother to pre-screen applicants. This means you may end up interviewing or hiring someone who is not only a bad fit for the role, but who has poor prior references, or little job history. Do what’s best for your business and work with a reputable, high quality recruitment agency.

They Charge Fees to Job Search Candidates

Recruitment companies do charge a fee to their clients, as they are performing a specialised service that requires knowledge, skills, experience, and effort. But good recruitment agencies do not charge jobseekers for their services. This is unethical and undermines the value of the business. If an agency wants you to pay as a candidate, it’s time to head elsewhere.

Reputation is Everything

Keeping an eye out for the red flags above should help you be able to more easily identify a bad recruitment agency. But always follow your gut. If something feels like it crosses the line, consider going to a different agency, one with an established reputation for excellence.

W’ed love to be that agency. On Line Recruitment and Labour Hire offers a wide range of recruitment services for jobseekers and clients alike. We pride ourselves on our integrity, dependability, and our strength in matching superb candidates with jobs they’ll love. Contact our team today for more information.

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