From trying to find high quality candidates to time constraints, here are some of the most common challenges in-house recruiters face.

The likes of online job boards and professional social networking sites have made it easier than ever for companies to do their own recruitment. This doesn’t come without its issues however. Below we reveal some of the most common in-house challenges that recruiters face.

Filling roles

While you may have some great tools at your disposal, this doesn’t necessarily make it easy to fill roles. Skills shortages, competition from other companies who are hiring and location are all common hurdles businesses face when trying to recruit new hires.

Not enough quality applications

Anyone who has ever posted a job advert will know that the responses normally come in thick and fast. You can spend hours sifting through CVs however and usually you’re still only left with a handful of really great quality applications.

No recruitment systems in place

Unless you can afford to hire specialist in-house recruiters, hiring is normally left to the person who will be responsible for managing the new employee.

This means that someone who already has a busy job has to worry about writing a job advert, going through all the responses, arranging and conducting interviews, liaising with the candidate and sorting out paperwork. As well as being incredibly time consuming, this can also be very stressful.

Time pressures

Most vacancies need to be filled immediately or in the very near future. This puts significant time pressures on companies because you can’t control how long it will take to find the right person.

High staff turnover

When you don’t have the right tools available or are rushed into hiring someone, it’s unlikely that it’s going to end well. High staff turnover is bad for business for many reasons. It can affect your reputation, it’s time consuming, expensive and can have a huge impact on staff morale.

Using an agency to overcome these challenges

Using a recruitment agency to help fill your vacancies has a number of benefits:

  • They’re experienced. This means that they know where to find candidates and how to identify the ones that are serious about working for you.
  • They have contacts. Recruitment agencies have spent years building up a list of candidates they work with on a regular basis. As well as being able to personally vouch for them, it also means that they have immediate access to a database full of potential employees which is great when you need someone quickly.
  • It saves time. You don’t have to worry about writing job specs, posting adverts, going through CVs, arranging interviews and negotiating job offers.
  • It’s their job. Recruiters have the time to be thorough when it comes to identifying the best candidates for your company. This means that they’ll vet them thoroughly, check references, go through their work history and speak to them before they put someone forward for the role.
  • It can save money. If you’re put off using a recruitment agency because of the cost, you really shouldn’t be. If it takes you six months to find someone yourself, you’re losing money. If you find someone quickly and they don’t work out, you’re back to square one. The cost of making a wrong hire is incredibly high so you want to make sure you get it right the first time round.

If you would like help with your recruitment needs, please don’t hesitate to contact Alpha and we’ll be more than happy to help.