The Difference Between 180 and 360 Recruitment

By Melissa Coutts September 29, 2020 | Posted in Our Blog

By Melissa CouttsSeptember 29, 2020

If you’ve never looked into recruitment services before, it can be easy to find a lot of the jargon involved a little bit strange, one of these being 180 and 360 recruitment. So, what are 180 and 360 recruitment anyway? What’s the difference?

180 and 360 recruitment are two different recruitment models, both with the aim of delivering the same thing – great candidates with the potential to fill a client’s job vacancy – but with a slightly different process along the way.

We know it sounds a little confusing, but it’s actually super simple! Let’s take a look at what 180 and 360 recruitment are and how the two are different.

What Is A 360 Recruitment Model?

360 recruitment is the best-known out of the two, and it’s all about delivering an ‘all-inclusive’ recruitment service to the client, handling the process from beginning to end, and sometimes checking in with them afterwards. 360 recruitment agents usually get to know the client a little better, as they maintain a friendlier working relationship during the recruitment process.

Recruiting with the 360 model means:

Securing The Client

Getting in touch with potential clients and telling them why your recruitment company is the right one for the job!

Identifying Client Needs

Understanding exactly what the client is looking for in a candidate, and what skills, qualifications and experience the perfect candidate will need to be a great new addition to their team.

Negotiations

Agreeing fees, salaries, job terms, etc. and answering any questions that the client has, as well as asking any questions that you think the candidates will want to ask later on.

Generating and Shortlisting Candidates

Taking into account everything that the clients wants and using that to seek out and get together a great group of potential candidates to take to them.

Overseeing Candidate Interview Process

Helping candidates through the interview process by giving them advice, feedback and interview practice! This part of the process might also include making more negotiations with the client, too.

Client Management

Making sure that the client is happy with the service that they have received and keeping up a close working relationship. This is so the recruitment company might be asked to manage the recruitment process for future vacancies in the client’s business.

What Is A 180 Recruitment Model?

The 180 recruitment model is a little different to the 360 recruitment model, in that there are fewer steps involved in the process from start to finish – at least, less steps in the process are managed by the recruitment company entirely.

Recruiting with the 180 model means:

Identifying Client Needs
Understanding exactly what the client is looking for in a candidate, and what skills, qualifications and experience the perfect candidate will need to be a great new addition to their team.

Generating and Shortlisting Candidates
Taking into account everything that the clients wants and using that to seek out and get together a great group of potential candidates to take to them.

Overseeing Candidate Interview Process
Helping candidates through the interview process by giving them advice, feedback and interview practice! This part of the process might also include making more negotiations with the client, too.

The 180 recruitment model basically aims to deliver the same goals as the 360 recruitment model, except with fewer steps involved. Recruitment consultants using the 180 model still keep up a close friendship with clients in the hopes of being given the management of future vacancies.

What Are The Main Differences Between The 180 Recruitment and 360 Recruitment Models?

It’s easy to look at the 180 recruitment process and see it as not being as in-depth or as thorough as the 360 recruitment process, but that’s not to say that the 180 recruitment process can’t be just as mutually beneficial to the client and the recruitment agency as the 360 model can!

Firstly, the 360 model is a more intensive process because the recruitment agency handles a lot more of it themselves. It means the clients have a lot less work to do, which is why a lot of clients see the 360 process as being a bit more appealing! Recruitment agencies following the 360 model do, like we said, maintain a slightly closer working relationship with the client, because they need a higher understanding of what the client is looking for in the perfect candidate for their business. This is so that they can confidently deliver exactly what the client needs throughout each step of the recruitment process.

Clients who have used the services of a recruitment agency on the 360 model might be quicker to use the service again, as they may find it to be a more stress-free way of recruiting new employees!

However, the shorter recruitment process under the 180 model doesn’t always mean that the recruitment agency aren’t having to put just as much time and effort into the process to deliver a great final result! In fact, the exclusion of certain steps from the 360 process means that recruitment consultants working with the 180 model can pay closer attention to the steps that are given to them, such as looking a little more closely at candidates and giving candidates a little more help when coaching them through the interview process.

Which Recruitment Process Is The Best For My Business?

When it comes down to choosing the right recruitment model for your own company, it’s all about looking at the pros and cons of each and deciding which factors are the most important in securing the right candidates for your job vacancy.

For instance, if you’re a business owner looking to keep it stress-free and hand over the full recruitment process, then the 360 recruitment process may be more appealing.

However, if you’re looking to see candidates who have been looked over more thoroughly and given more intensive coaching throughout the recruitment process, then the 180 process could be the best model for you and your company.

Whatever you are looking for, Recruitrite offer tailored recruitment solutions for your business, so that you can feel confident in knowing that the next candidate you hire will be a great addition to your company and team!

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