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Employers: Four Questions to ask your Direct Hire Recruiter

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

As a hiring professional in a company that needs high-quality candidates, you need to have all the information you can gather about working with a direct hire recruiter. Getting in-depth information and becoming familiar with the hiring process for the direct hire recruiter you’re working with not only helps you to understand how their process is going to benefit your company, but it’s also key to ensuring that you get the right hires. At Crystal Equation, we’re here to help you feel your best about finding great candidates, which is why we’ve put together four questions to ask your direct hire recruiter before working with them.

What Is Your Specialty?

First and foremost, you need to understand the specialty your recruiter is focused on, if they have one. This question is basic enough to help you understand what your recruiter is looking for in a candidate’s skill set and it can be a great leading question to help you understand if the recruiter’s specialty is in the types of candidates your company needs right now. Crystal Equation direct hire recruiters specialize in information technology skills, meaning that we focus on finding and hiring candidates for IT companies and positions.

Where Do You Find Your Direct Hire Candidates?

This question is an important one because it helps you to understand the level of skill your recruiter will be looking for, how wide a net is being cast to find the right candidates, and it might also help you understand what to expect when it comes to hiring your candidates. Depending on where your direct hire recruiter finds candidates, you may get professionals with more experience than you were expecting, different sets of skills, and different expectations, so it’s important to understand where your recruiter is looking for new hires to ensure a better match. With more information about where your candidates are coming from, you can work more efficiently with your recruiter to find the best candidates for your open positions.

Are Your Direct Hire Candidates Currently Employed?

Another important piece of information to get from your direct hire recruiter is whether or not their candidates are currently employed. Depending on the type of position you are trying to fill and the kind of candidate you are looking for, the answer to this question could mean different things for your company. If you’re looking for an entry-level position, a candidate who is already employed may fit your requirements but expect more by way of benefits and responsibilities in the position. On the other hand, if you’re looking for an experienced professional in the field, finding a professional who is not currently employed may lengthen the process because many people would rather find new positions before they leave a current employer. Last, but not least is how long you will have to wait before your new candidate is in place. Many currently working professionals will want to provide their current employer with two weeks’ notice before leaving, meaning that your company may have to wait before the candidate you need can start.

In Your Opinion, What Are the Most Important Soft Skills?

As your recruiter is sorting through candidates that meet your hiring criteria, it’s important to understand what exactly they’re looking for by way of soft skills. Soft skills, for reference, are the skills that a professional hones throughout life and by navigating social situations. Because these skills are difficult to quantify, they’re not always a priority in hiring, but they do affect how a potential new hire will interact with your team and follow along with the company’s objectives. Understanding which of these skills are most important to your recruiter will help you understand the personality and social skills of the candidates they’re placing so you can better guide them in finding one that will fit in with your team.

At Crystal Equation, we’re committed to helping our clients find new hires through direct hire recruitment. We offer competitive pricing, including one-time placement fees, and so much more! Ready to meet your next hire? Contact us today!

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