From the Ask Tom mailbag-
I am just not getting quality candidates from our referral agency. I have two positions I need to fill. I call and explain what kind of person we need, but they take two weeks to get back to me. And the people they send are just not qualified.
My first question, how do you source candidates other than a referral agency?
Most of the time, the response I get is, we really don’t have time. We’re just so busy around here. It’s really hard to get good people these days.
Here is my observation. You are not seeing quality candidates because you are not focusing your efforts. If your referral agency is not doing the job, then your company has to take responsibility and source your own candidates. You need to be actively recruiting and networking all the time. You are in the business. You should have a better network than the referral agency. You don’t, because you see recruiting as a distraction. Your expense last year for head hunters was $45,000. And what do you have to show for it. Three positions filled, but two didn’t work out, so you are waiting for the replacement guarantee.
If your company is having difficulty sourcing candidates, what are you doing about it? What ideas have you used to get more and better people into the interview room?