5 Critical Aspects of An Effective Recruiter Briefing

Finding the right person for your job requirements can be a complex undertaking. Apart from the skills required to perform the day-to-day tasks, you want to have someone on board who not only fits in with the existing organisational culture but someone who enhances it.

Often job descriptions and recruiter briefs stay limited to technical requirements and personal characteristics. Here are five aspects to include in your briefs that will dramatically increase your chances of finding the perfect person for your business.

Clarify your business’ purpose

Gone are the days where people join a company just for the paycheck. Purpose is one of the main motivational drivers of employees in the modern workplace. Why does your business exist? How is it going to change the world? People want to make your business’ purpose their own, and to get the most out of your people you want the same.

When a recruiter knows your company’s reason for existing, they’re better able to find candidates with complementary outlooks and ambitions.

Communicate your vision

Good prospective candidates aren’t just interested in what the company has achieved so far. They want to know the direction the business is taking and where the leaders see the company in two to five years. They want to know how they’ll be contributing to achieving that vision.

Your recruiter can help you work out how certain candidates can support your vision in ways that might even go beyond strictly their description.

Capture your culture

All too often businesses focus solely on skills and neglect values when hiring. Does your company rate candour and openness? Don’t hire that highly skilled candidate who avoids expressing their honest opinion. Is flexibility very important for your organisation? Find someone else from that subject matter expert who won’t divert from their plans.

Explicitly expressing your values will not only filter out candidates who don’t fit in, your recruiter is also able to look for indicators of shared and complementary beliefs.

Elaborate on team and business structures

Every organisation is unique and the same job title and seniority might mean something entirely different in two different companies. By making it clear how the role fits in with the team and business in general, your recruiter is able to find candidates at the right level.

Be more detailed than just stating the reporting line and direct colleagues. Give an overview of the team and organisation as a whole.

Start talking about objectives

What does success look like for this role? Your recruiter might be able to think of skills or backgrounds that are not immediately obvious for the role but would be of immense value in turning it into a success.

The more specific you are about what the company would like to get out of this role, the higher the likelihood that your recruiter can find you the person that will make the biggest difference.

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  • Tom Salvat, CEO, CONCURED
    "As a fast-growing start up, we need great people with a tough set of skills to find. They need to be hungry, experienced and fit the culture of a business that is always adapting and growing. Finding these people using Linkedin and other job boards is tough, time-consuming and rarely bears fruit. Ross has always been able to uncover gems for us, and we are benefiting greatly from his skills at CONCURED. Ross has a rare ability to really understand the business, the culture and the people that will nail the role. I couldn't recommend him highly enough, and he is the only recruiter we deal with"      
    - Tom Salvat, CEO, CONCURED
    Tom Salvat, CEO, CONCURED
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    I am writing to express my gratitude to Ross Clifford & Associates who helped me successfully secure the role of Enterprise Sales Executive at Concured. Ross was extremely professional and understood the specifics of the job I required. I especially appreciated his fast response, transparent communication, and coordination in a timely and efficient manner.
    - Tariq Mahmood, Enterprise Sales, Concured AI Content Marketing
    Tariq Mahmood, Enterprise Sales, Concured AI Content Marketing
  • Jessica Cole, Editor – Redwood London.
    Ross is one of the friendliest recruiters I've dealt with. He was always attentive, quick to respond and ready to help with any questions I had. He's very professional, and not at all superficial like so many other recruiters out there. I would highly recommend him.
    - Jessica Cole, Editor – Redwood London.
    Jessica Cole, Editor – Redwood London.
  • Gareth Lofthouse, Founding Partner, Longitude.
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    - Gareth Lofthouse, Founding Partner, Longitude.
    Gareth Lofthouse, Founding Partner, Longitude.
  • Johnny Meredith, Senior New Business Manager, The Bio Agency.
    I can't rate or recommend Ross highly enough. He brings a thoughtful, personal approach to the process, carefully matching opportunities with candidates, through a good understanding of their priorities and skills. Throughout, he keeps candidates up to date in an open, honest way. A genuine pleasure to work with.
    - Johnny Meredith, Senior New Business Manager, The Bio Agency.
    Johnny Meredith, Senior New Business Manager, The Bio Agency.
  • Karen Troman, Office Manager & HR Co-ordinator, VoucherCodes.co.uk part of RetailMeNot
    Ross is the best recruitment agent I have worked with, he stayed in contact, kept me informed and was with me every step of the process. He also checked in with me during my first couple of weeks in my new role to make sure I was settling in. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
    - Karen Troman, Office Manager & HR Co-ordinator, VoucherCodes.co.uk part of RetailMeNot
    Karen Troman, Office Manager & HR Co-ordinator, VoucherCodes.co.uk part of RetailMeNot
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    I have worked with Ross over 4 years now and he has always delivered a really high standard of candidate both at senior and junior level. His online knowledge is second to none and all the candidates he has put forward over the years have only good things to say about Ross and his work ethic.
    - Neil Kettleborough, CRO & Co Founder, Chalk Social
    Neil Kettleborough, CRO & Co Founder, Chalk Social
  • Helen Rosemier, Commercial Director, Professional & Financial Services Practice, Longitude
    Ross is a fantastic recruitment consultant -  extremely professional, meticulous, patient and supportive. Throughout the process, I felt he represented me really well and genuinely cared about my career and finding the right role. Thanks to Ross I am now in a role I love, working with a brilliant team. Very highly recommended!
    - Helen Rosemier, Commercial Director, Professional & Financial Services Practice, Longitude
    Helen Rosemier, Commercial Director, Professional & Financial Services Practice, Longitude

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