How to Pick the Right Recruiter for Your Business


Never underestimate the importance of having a good recruiter on the business payroll, no matter the state of the economy and your budgets. Here is how to recognise an excellent recruiting professional when you find one.

They value the long-term relationship

Some business owners shy away from recruitment agents, thinking that most recruiters focus on immediate results and cashing that fat commission. Truthfully, it is easy to distinguish a good recruiter from a bad one by looking at how they approach recruitment for your business, and how much they value the relationship.

Is the recruiter looking for quick compensation on your current job placement or willing to go the extra mile to build a long-term relationship with you and understand your goals?

The best recruitment professionals are not just a good fit for your immediate hiring requirements. They actively invest in sourcing enough leads and information to get you closer to the right candidate, even when you don’t have any job openings for advertising.  This continuous work makes it easier to match available jobs with growing profiling info and take advantage of future placement opportunities.

They know your business, in and out

Recruiters who understand your job and hiring needs will have more success in placing great talent that matches your company’s leadership, teamwork and culture. It is not just matching the person to the job description and call it quits. Professional recruitment relies on knowing the business’s strengths and weaknesses, the skills needed and the personality profiles necessary for success.

Does the recruiter know well your industry and business processes? If not, do they have the right tools to do proper research and show genuine interest in being on the same knowledge level?

Seek a professional recruiter with industry-specific expertise and valuable experience in hiring candidates with the specific skills you are looking for in an employee. For example, if you are hiring web developers, the recruiter should understand the tech environment and developer jobs’ daily requirements and skillset. The more knowledge the recruiter invests in your company and industry, the better.

They have a well-documented recruitment method

Just like with any job description, great recruiters should possess a fine eye for detail, excellent communication, and timely follow-up and reporting skills. Most importantly, once you discuss your recruitment needs, the ideal recruiter should follow a transparent recruitment methodology.

Does the recruiter have the expertise, work documentation and systems required to make the recruitment process easy to understand and follow?

As a business owner, you need to know how their process works, from candidate selection to the interview process and everything in-between. The recruiter should maintain communication at every stage of the process and report on preliminary findings.

Ideally, choose the recruiter who spends the time to answer all the questions you may have about recruitment, explains the recruitment procedures in detail, and provides up-to-date information about the overall progress.

Professional Sourcing can assist with the recruitment process during and after the pandemic. Visit for more info.

Professional Sourcing can assist with the recruitment process during and after the pandemic. Our team has a strong reputation for recruitment expertise within our specialisation areas. Visit for more info.

Professional Sourcing has a strong reputation for highly developed recruitment expertise within our specialisation areas. We develop strong long-term relationships with our loyal clients. Allow us to help you deal with your frustrations of a lengthy hiring process.

Professional Sourcing is a top-tier South African-based recruitment agency operating internationally, IPM accredited, LEVEL 2 BEE RATED and 51% Black Owned.

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