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There are many reasons why companies choose to engage a recruitment specialist when it comes to bring new talent into their organisation. We highlight some of the key advantages for clients when using a recruitment consultancy for their hiring requirements.

Time. Recruiting can be a time-consuming exercise; long before you sit down with potential candidates to interview them for the role there are a number of tasks which must be undertaken. From compiling job descriptions, placing adverts, sifting through CVs and arranging interviews right through to making someone an offer and negotiating terms. These all take time – valuable time that takes managers and business owners away from their day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. A recruitment expert will not only take on these aspects of the process, but they will also add value by ensuring that when you come to the interview stage, you have a very clear idea of exactly what you are looking for in the shortlisted candidates.

Industry knowledge. A good recruitment partner will offer much more than just advice on hiring a new member of staff. They will assess your requirements in the context of the current marketplace and offer key insight into skills in demand, candidate shortages and a range of other factors which could affect your search.

Reaching further into the market. Not only will they be able to reach those candidates actively seeking new opportunities, but they will also be able to use their wealth of knowledge, experience and contacts to identify individuals who may not currently be active in the marketplace. Many have relationships spanning several years giving them an insight into the kind of opportunities that are most likely to appeal to the top talent that companies are looking to attract.

Negotiate salary packages. It is important that once the preferred candidate has been identified, you are in a position to make them a strong offer that will be accepted. It can be incredibly frustrating to invest huge amounts of time and energy into the recruitment process only for it to fall down in the final stages. As well as providing you with the most up-to-date benchmark salary levels, they will also offer guidance on which benefits hold most appeal and ensure that the renumeration package meets the expectations of candidates from the outset.

A different view point. It can be all too easy to look to recruit a like for like replacement for a departing member of staff, however a strong recruitment partner will ask probing questions to establish exactly what it is you are aiming to achieve from the process and establish the short, medium and long term business objectives in order to guide you into examining different skills, experience and knowledge which may bring a new dynamic to the role and contribute to achieving those goals.

Developing a strong interview shortlist. Having gained a thorough understanding of your requirements, an experienced recruitment partner will be able to conduct first stage interviews to ensure that those candidates that are put in front of a client absolutely meet the requirements of the role, resulting in the client being in a solid position to select their preferred candidate from a very strong field.

Solutions focused. As well as working with candidates on their recruitment needs, your consultant can offer alternative solutions to address immediate requirements such as an interim placement if the chosen candidate is on a long notice period or a role needs to be filled quickly due to illness or an unexpected period of absence.

Specialist knowledge. Not only should a consultant possess strong recruitment skills, but those which specialise in a particular area will have an in-depth of knowledge that enables them to offer strategic counsel and sector insight that will benefit your search.

Sharp Consultancy specialises in the recruitment of temporary, interim and permanent finance professionals. With offices in Leeds and Sheffield our highly experienced team of consultants recruit for positions throughout Yorkshire and beyond. CONTACT US today to speak to a member of our team about your recruitment needs.