Many HR departments turn to staffing agencies to help their recruiting efforts. But watch out for these red flags when deciding who to work with:
- Quality over quantity — Some firms will try to get a job done quickly by throwing their clients a bunch of resumes and hoping one sticks. Before you decide to work with an agency, have someone walk you through its screening process. That’ll help make sure you’re only given quality candidates, which is what you’d be paying them for.
- Bad retention rates — It’s important to know how long an agency’s placements tend to stick with their employers for, as well how long clients’ relationships with the agency tend to last. Find that out by asking for references from clients.
- Inexperience — Make sure the agency has experience working with companies like yours. Many firms are highly specialized, so what works for one company may not work for another. Find a firm that specializes in the type of employee you need and has worked with companies in your industry before.