The relationship between a client and a recruiter is a unique one, and for those of you who are hiring a search firm for the first time, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to make the experience a successful one:
Do give them details. The more details you provide, the better. Recruiters are detail-oriented and their original research depends on the groundwork you lay for them.
Do be honest. You can trust your recruiter to represent your company in the best light. Withholding information about the position doesn’t help anyone.
Do get personal. Whether you meet in person or on the phone, it’s beneficial to express your personality and values to the recruiter. This allows them to more easily assess your company culture and therefore find you a better fitting candidate.
Don’t hold back feedback. Your feedback will only help recruiters find the candidate you’re looking for or aid them to improve on future searches.
Don’t be afraid to check in. You should be building a client/recruiter relationship. Your recruiting firm will regularly check-in with you, so it’s okay for you to do the same.
Don’t conceal your preferences. If you favor a one recruiter over another, say so! Different recruiters are on board for different reasons, whether they have specific areas of expertise or simply a different personality or attitude. It’s okay to voice your preferences. No feelings will be hurt!