Why It’s Important To Choose The Right Recruitment Agency

By Melissa Coutts July 13, 2020 | Posted in Our Blog

By Melissa Coutts July 13, 2020

For all the talk of processes, technology and strategy, businesses are ultimately about the people that work for them. “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” as the famous quote goes. And you can’t form great business cultures without the right people in the right positions.

Recruitment isn’t an out-of-the box solution. You can’t wedge round pegs in square holes. And the same goes for people and job fulfillment. The better suited people are to their jobs, the better they will be at them; and the better your employees are at their jobs, the more successful your business will become. It’s a classic formula.

Here we outline some of the challenges organisations face when recruiting new staff. And how the right partner – like Darlington-based recruitment agency Recruitrite – can help companies solve them.

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Time-stretched managers and HR teams

Managers and HR people in your organisation with the remit to recruit new employees are time-stretched and have numerous other plates to spin at any given time.

Recruitment sometimes gets de-prioritised or isn’t undertaken with as much thoroughness as it would be if managers and HR people had more capacity.

The result is that recruitment sometimes becomes rushed and haphazard. Unsuitable people are selected for jobs that require the right fit.

A rushed approach can have negative consequences in the short-, medium- and long- term, such as disrupted teams, increased staff turnover and the creation of a strained culture. Unsettled people means unsettled teams – and that could spell poor overall organisational performance.

We often see the stress and pressure that managers and HR teams are under to get people in as quickly as possible. A further serious problem is that they will be pulling from a limited pool of potential recruits.

As a Darlington recruitment agency, we partner with local businesses to support and optimise their recruitment. We take the pressure off managers and HR teams by leveraging tried-and-tested processes and segmented talent pools to ensure that the right people are recruited for the right jobs.

Doing the best by prospective employers and candidates

A recruitment agency works as a conduit between employers searching for talent and people on the look for vacancies.

It’s our job to be an intermediary and to fulfil the needs of both parties. This means that employers end up with the right people; and candidates get to take the next positive step in their respective career journeys.

Importantly, as a Darlington jobs agency with considerable experience of serving the needs of local employers and our candidates, we significantly minimise the risk of the companies recruiting people unsuitable for advertised roles.

Equally, we don’t treat our candidates as numbers but rather as people – we therefore won’t put them forward for roles that we don’t think they will be well-suited to, thereby saving time, money and potentially problematic scenarios.

A targeted approach to finding the right people

In an ideal world, an employer would create a vacancy, set out the criteria, post the job on their website or a 3rd party’s job online board and immediately find the right person.

But it’s not as easy as that.

And then, on the other hand, there’s the danger of the employer being overwhelmed with an influx of applications from unsuitable candidates – and then having to go back to each and every person to tell them why they’ve been unsuccessful. What a time-consuming and expensive pain.

On one hand, there’s the very real likelihood that employers won’t get enough candidates – and the ones they do get are speculative and don’t in any way match the criteria for the role. The result is all-round frustration and a big waste of everyone’s time and money. Nobody wants that.

We pride ourselves on our ability to meet Darlington – and North-East – based employers’ staffing requirements through a far more targeted approach.

We don’t simply throw a net far and wide. We have the data-driven means to reach the right candidates and market your vacancies through the right online and offline channels, whether you’re looking for temporary staff or more specialist executive management recruits – and everything in between.

Often we find that the right candidate might not be someone that’s actively looking for a new role but would be open to the right opportunity should it come along. While it would be nigh-on impossible for prospective employers to identify such people, we have far-reaching networks and active lines of communication with people that could be just right for your needs and theirs.

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Local knowledge

Another benefit of using a recruitment agencies Darlington like Recruitrite is the extensive knowledge that we have about individual segments of the local jobs market and the talent available in the area.

A good recruitment agency will understand an employers’ requirements and goals, meaning they can tailor their recruitment searches to source suitable candidates for the job.

Our Recruitment consultants are able to establish direct contact with suitable candidates based on established relationships – having helped them find a role in the past, for instance – and invite them to apply for the role.

As we mentioned above, some of the very best candidates might not actually be on the lookout for a new role. But we might have the inside line when it comes to tempting them with your vacancy, resulting in a win-win.

Skilled hands at negotiating salaries

Great, so you’ve identified an ideal candidate, had them in for a final interview, loved them and want to offer them the job. It’s taken weeks or months, but all’s well that ends well.

Except it isn’t over yet. Far from it, because you’re miles apart on salary expectations. And that is likely to be an enormous barrier. You’ll have to start the process all over again, which will mean that time has been wasted and additional spend that you could really have done without.

There’s even the danger that the breaking down of salary negotiations could even result in bitterness and resentment that could have a negative knock-on effect on your company’s reputation should the candidate take umbrage at the salary you offered them and spread word around.

A good recruitment agency could have helped you avoid this situation and brokered a salary negotiation that satisfied both parties.

At Darlington recruitment agency Recruitrite, we can help you benchmark salaries based on current trends, industry insights or national and local expectations.

It may be that you’re able to pay that bit more than your competitors so that you can gain an edge on them by attracting the best talent; or it might be that you pay a bit less due to circumstances beyond your control or are able to offer other benefits. Either way, it’s much better to be upfront and clear from the outset.

We’re skilled hands at suggesting and implementing salary negotiations that lead to you getting the right person for the job at the right price.

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Interview candidates

Oh dear.

The candidate looked OK on paper, but it’s very clear from the first moment they’ve walked into your place of business for an interview that they won’t be a good fit. Or you’ve begun to conduct an interview and you’re immediately rubbing one another up the wrong way.


And not just awkward – but a waste of time for them, and a waste of time and money for you. And you’re no closer to filling that urgent vacancy.

Employers can save time, money and any potential awkwardness by using a recruitment agency partner to conduct interviews on their behalf. A good recruitment agency such as Darlington-based Recruitrite will provide a candidate screening – usually by phone but also perhaps in person – to start the process of selecting suitable applicants.

Our proven approach and deep understanding of what you’re really looking for in a candidate will allow us to work which candidates to put forward – and which to eliminate. This screening will help create a viable longlist or even a whittled-down shortlist that will help you quicken the recruitment process.

We can also save your HR teams time and effort by conducting background checks on candidates.

Finally, our considerable experience and expertise puts us in a great position to be able to advise you on what interview questions to ask and the kinds of answers you should be looking out for (positive or otherwise).

Permanent, temporary, interim and contract recruitment

Using a recruitment agency gives businesses the benefit of increasing or decreasing their employee levels as needed. Turning it on and off, as it were.

A staffing partner like Darlington-based recruitment agency Recruitrite can identify professionals for full-time, permanent roles, but also individuals suitable for interim jobs. Perhaps you need emergency cover for an employee absent or sick leave or who has gone off on maternity or paternity leave?

Or maybe you’re planning on launching a new product and need a specialist interim team to successfully develop it for you?

Whatever the situation, the right recruitment agency partner will be able to help you.

We’ve seen nearly everything

Another benefit of working with experienced and dedicated recruitment agency partners like Darlington-based Recruitrite is that we work day-in, day-out to provide staffing solutions for organisations across a range of industry sectors.

We know how operations work, understand organisational structures and will leverage specialist insight that allows us to identify the right person or people for your requirements.

Recruitment consultants understand employer needs, candidate expectations, and the impacts of supply and demand on segmented jobs markets. This means they are ideally situated to help employers make informed decisions that positively impact on the bottom line.

Employers don’t have to go solo when searching for the right people. The benefit of a recruitment agency partner like Recruitrite is that we can help your organisation access the skills and experience you need in a timely manner and within budget. This will free up your time and resources, and enable you to focus on other business matters.

Why Recruitrite is the right Darlington recruitment agency for you

At Recruitrite, we’re committed to the provision of quality service and the development of long-term relationships.
We’re about changing lives and companies. We only live once, so we’ve got to do it ‘rite’! Recruitrite deliver the ‘rite recruitment’ solution at the rite time, changing individuals’ and company’s lives by enabling them to achieve their unique objectives.

Recruiting anyone is easy, but recruiting rite is a challenging feat. If you’d like to discover how Recruitrite could help you with your recruitment needs, please give us a call on 01325 734860 or alternatively you can email us at talk@recruiteriteuk.com