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5 Things You Should Look for in a Recruiting Agency

The Betts Team
July 13, 2018

The challenge isn’t finding a recruiting agency —— it’s finding the right one. In order to develop a truly beneficial partnership, you need an agency that understands your business, your culture, your needs and your goals so well that you won’t have to worry about the kinds of candidates they’re finding for you. You’ll just know that they’ll find you the perfect fit.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not – provided you know what to look for when choosing a recruitment firm. Let’s dive in, shall we?


First and foremost, you want the recruiting firm you partner with to be willing to truly get to know your company and your business needs. That means taking the time to meet with managers, gaining in-depth understanding of the industry you’re in, and getting a good grasp on what you’re trying to accomplish. This type of customized approach will enable them to target the right candidates right off the bat.

Good candidate screening

One of the nicest things about working with a recruitment firm is that they handle much of the legwork for you upfront. That means finding, engaging, vetting and shortlisting candidates. The important thing to look for here, however, is the way they screen those candidates. Without a solid plan that aligns with your business needs and goals, you’ll end up with applicants that aren’t a good match, which is a waste of time for everyone. Find out how they narrow down their selection before you enter an agreement.

Quality vs. quantity

Some recruiting agencies boast about how they can get you a ton of great candidates for your open positions. But isn’t the whole point of working with a recruiter to save time and aggravation in the first place? To get the most out of your partnership, you want an agency that focuses more on presenting you with a few high quality candidates that best match what you are looking for versus dozens of lesser qualified applicants. It may take a little longer, but the end result will be a much better fit for everyone.

Track record

As mentioned, there is no shortage of recruiting agencies out there. Unfortunately, many of them don’t have the track record to back up their promises and if you’re not careful, you could end up in a partnership that is a waste of both time and money. When considering which agency to work with, look for one that already has established networks of genuine relationships. This will enable them to source the highest quality talent and execute quickly, saving you time and getting your open positions filled faster with candidates that are the best possible fit.

A recruiting agency needs passion

Last, but certainly not least, the ideal partnerships are with agencies that have passionate recruiters who genuinely love what they do. It sounds cliché, but if recruiters don’t have that inner passion, they won’t go the extra mile to ensure your satisfaction. Look for a firm that places your success as their highest priority and will do whatever it takes to exceed your hiring expectations. It’s those with that fire in their belly who will really make it happen.

At Betts Recruiting, we strive to be all of the above and so much more. We’ve helped countless clients build exceptional teams and we’d love to do the same for you. To learn more about who we are, click here or contact us and let’s discuss how we can help you scale your organization.