Many organizations eventually get to a point where they have to outsource the process of filling newly created or open positions to a third party. Rather than handle such operations and straining the already engaged human resource department, such organizations opt for alternative solutions to meet their increasing human resource needs. The common alternative solution, in this case, is a Staffing Agency or a Professional Recruitment Service.
With a staffing agency like Flexible Staffing, businesses can avoid the drawn-out hiring process, which often includes posting job vacancies, reviewing applications and resumes, and conducting interviews. Aside from saving your personnel from additional stress, working with a staffing agency helps companies mitigate costs by deploying valuable resources and time elsewhere.
Now that you have seen the need for a staffing agency and are prepared to work with one, the next step is to hire one for your business. But how do you get the best? The process of selecting the best staffing agency for your business can be challenging, depending on your industry and expectations. However, this blog will show you how you can successfully go about this.
You can only assess a staffing agency is ideal for your business if it can conveniently meet your staffing needs. This is why you must have a clear definition of what your business needs from any staffing agency you want to work with. Your staffing objectives should be specific. For instance, some businesses may hire a recruitment agency to help fill a position for the short term. For others, they want long-term or a mix of both temp and long-term employees. In some cases, a company may ask for specific requirements, for instance, state or federal background checks on their potential employees.
Having identified your hiring objectives, you can go ahead and choose a staffing agency that aligns with your objectives. But just before you get to hiring proper, have you set a budget for this process?
It is counterproductive to spend so much time looking for a staffing agency that aligns with your staffing goals only to find out you cannot afford their services. This is why you should set a budget, and this will guide you in your search.
NB – You should be ready to pay more to avail your business of the services of top recruitment agencies. Such staffing agencies often charge higher because they provide verified and high- quality candidates, unlike the regular staffing agency that provides just the usual employees.
With the budget out of the way, let’s discuss what to look out for in the ideal staffing agency for your business.
You want to hire a staffing agency with a proven track record of success working with other businesses, especially those in your industry or niche. If a staffing company has a good number of years-in-opeartion but with little or no experience in your industry, you might want to consider another agency that ticks both boxes.
You should also consider the staffing categories your staffing agency offer. While some agencies offer employees across all categories, others focus on specific segments. The common marketplace categories staffing agencies often serve include Healthcare, Industrial, Engineering, IT, Administrative and Clerical, Managerial, and Professional.
Once you are convinced the agency can provide the staffing category your business needs, you also need to consider the available talents from the agency. For best results, you should work with an agency with a strong or large talent pool because it provides you with best-in-class candidate options.
Aside from the talent pool's strength, you should also assess how and where the agency source their candidates. The best staffing agencies do not struggle with sourcing. Instead, they rely on a variety of tools and platforms to gather the best talents around for each industry.
The type and quality of screening and background checks a staffing agency adopt largely determine the quality of candidates they offer. Ensure that your potential recruitment agency carries out a comprehensive pre-employment screening and background check. A drug screen may be necessary once a position has been offered. You should also discuss how the agency handles poor placement and the management of its candidates. There should always be someone ready to handle and resolve such complaints at the agency at all times.
Finally, the right staffing agency must be transparent in its dealings by providing clear answers to questions and easing you through the process rather than rushing you into making hiring decisions.
Flexible Staffing is a reputable staffing agency serving Illinois and surrounding areas. Our competent team of hiring experts well-grounded in effective recruiting and staffing. We assess each candidate comprehensively, combining the application process with a behavior-based personal interview.