Should I hire a recruiter?

Recruiting is the most important job you have as a company leader, full stop. Without the right people, the greatest of business plans fail.

So why would you outsource it to a recruiter?

First, hiring a recruiter doesn’t mean you are outsourcing recruiting. A good recruiter will understand your company, the role, and your culture – and will source good-fit candidates. The recruiter will do an initial screen. But then it’s up to you and your team to do the deep-dive interviewing.

We see four reasons for hiring a recruiter:

1. You’ve tapped out your own networks. At some point you won’t have more friends and family to hire. It’s time to expand the pool and a recruiter will do this for you.

2. You want to diversify your team. This is related to number 1: by tapping into new networks, you avoid homogeneity and group-think (note: we highly recommend focusing on diversity early on, rather than trying to diversify an established team).

3. You need to fill a specialized and/or hard-to-fill role. The cost of sourcing candidates in-house can be much greater than using a recruiter. Recruiters use active sourcing strategies to reach out to candidates who may not be actively looking for a job. Recruiters can also generally source people faster than you can.

4. You don’t have time. You’re super busy – and a recruiter can find you a slate of candidates that meet your criteria quickly and cost-effectively.

But, not all recruiters are created equally. Look for one that really cares about making your company successful, not just getting a body in a seat. Building a longer-term relationship with your recruiter can pay dividends.


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