It’s no secret that the demand for top IT talent is skyrocketing right now. The challenge is in finding the supply of qualified professionals to fill that demand. As competition for top talent increases and candidates are beginning to see multiple job offers at once, the thought of recruiting and hiring may be overwhelming.
Whether you’re experiencing rapid growth or natural turnover, at some point you may come to the decision that using a staffing firm is worth the investment to help you recruit the talent you need. If that’s the case, make sure you avoid these top three mistakes many companies make when choosing an IT staffing firm.
Mistake #1 Taking experience at face value
There are plenty of staffing firms who claim that 10, 25, or even 50+ years in the staffing industry is enough to prove they have experience and a concurrent track record of success. Sometimes this is true. But often it isn’t. Sure, it means that they’ve kept their head above water, but it doesn’t necessarily equate to thriving; to having navigated and adjusted to every new wave and change of current.
We all know technology evolves at astonishingly rapid speeds, and these changes have transformed the staffing industry into something unrecognizable from years past. While it’s not impossible to function without adapting to these industry trends, your best move is to find an IT staffing firm whose experience is complemented by forward thinking progress.
Mistake #2 Focusing on technical requirements
The best staffing firms know that a great candidate is more than just a collection of skill sets. When you’re deciding to work with an IT recruiter, the trick is to find one that is genuinely interested in learning the ins and outs of your company.
To successfully place a candidate in a new role, factors like company culture, team dynamic, position responsibilities, growth opportunities, and more are key to determining the perfect fit. If you speak with a staffing firm that is only interested in technical requirements and little else, chances are you’ll end up with handfuls of resumes in your inbox that just don’t hit the mark. Ultimately, that’s a waste of your time.
Mistake #3 Setting expectations of communication too low
We all hate incessant sales calls from recruiters trying to fill quotas, and you’re unlikely to choose a staffing firm who leaves five voicemails every day for a month. While this may likely be the best decision, you do need to make sure that the recruiter you go with is willing and able to provide regular feedback throughout the hiring process.
They should prioritize your calls and emails and naturally avoid common points of miscommunication. They’ll communicate effectively regarding schedules and provide timely follow up after interviews. Additionally, the best IT staffing firms are transparent and honest about their recruiting strategies and will be able to answer all your questions.
Ultimately, using an IT staffing may end up being the best business decision you make all year, but only if you find a firm that is a great fit for your company. At CyberSearch, we work hard to get to know you. Our goal is to simplify the hiring process so you can get back to doing what you do best. Give us a call today!