7 Essentials For a Smooth Recruitment Process

Regrettably, we all know the stereotype of the recruiter that only thinks of the commission without caring for the client or the candidate. Although I obviously can’t speak for everyone in the sector, there are many of us that want to actively combat this image.

At Ross Clifford Associates we believe it works best for everyone when you listen, understand and care. Here are some of the elements that we think contribute to a smooth and effective recruitment process.

Asking Questions

A recruiter’s most important skill is to ask the right questions. When dealing with candidates you need to get to the bottom of not just their competencies but their personality. On the other side, you need to understand the context of the role. For this, you need to be able to fully get under the skin of a business. It’s the only way to judge the person-role fit. Recruiters that don’t ask questions are like doctors that don’t use instruments.

Listening

Asking questions is one thing, but you also need to listen to the answers given. Pro forma questions without the eagerness to understand reap the same results as asking no questions at all. Actively listening to clients and candidates is the only way to get under the skin of the priorities and requirements.

Providing a select number of CV’s

Recruiting is a sniper sport so you should never go for the shotgun approach. As a hiring manager, you don’t have time to wade through dozens and dozens of CVs. What’s more, an abundance of irrelevant CVs increases the chances of inviting the wrong candidates for an interview. Receiving a handful of carefully selected applications not only saves time but improves the quality of the process overall.

Thorough vetting

It’s not about reducing quantity, it’s all about increasing quality. It’s crucial to have a thorough vetting process in place. You don’t want to be just receiving forwarded emails.

Taking the time

Go for a recruiter that’s in it for the long run. A recruiter that wants to be long term partner will take the time to get to know your business and your requirements. When a client does well, we do well so taking the time always pays off.

Having a methodology 

The only way to improve the way you work is to have a structured methodology that you can keep perfecting. Without a method, there is no way to capture learning or to improve your processes. Avoid recruiters who only shoot from the hip.

Understanding 

Most roles have requirements that are very specific to the sector and niche you’re working in. By fully understanding the job description or the brief, you’re improving your odds of introducing the right candidate. Make sure your recruiter knows the sector and the role and what it entails to turn the job into a success.

What other elements contribute to a successful recruitment process?

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Don't just take our word for it

  • 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
  • Tariq Mahmood, Enterprise Sales, Concured AI Content Marketing
    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.
    “We look for commercial people with a rare blend of talents. They need to be able to advise our blue-chip clients on thought leadership strategy. They need to be highly strategic and purposeful in uncovering opportunity. And they need the hunger it takes to thrive in a rapidly evolving business. RC&A were quick to understand our needs, they only delivered high-quality people for interview, and succeeded in getting us a winning candidate incredibly fast.”  
    - 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
  • Neil Kettleborough, CRO & Co Founder, Chalk Social
    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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