The 5-Step Guide to Picking a Technical Recruiting Partner

Locating top tech talent is a very difficult, yet extremely essential task. These professionals are pertinent to your company’s future growth and innovation, so you need a technical recruiting partner you trust, who can deliver. Use these five tips to find, vet and choose the very best IT staffing firm to meet your talent needs.

Step 1: Search for Firms That Specialize in Technical Recruiting

At first glance, it may seem that any skilled recruiter will be effective at finding tech talent, but you want industry leaders. Staffing firms that specialize in technical recruiting understand the complex positions you’re recruiting for and what you need in the ideal candidate. Recruiters also have deep connections in the tech realm, so their networks are deep and expansive. You don’t want just anyone filling your software developer and enterprise data management positions — you need a firm already deeply involved with the field.

Step 2: Make Sure a Variety of Staffing Solutions Are Offered

Business needs change often and fast, so choose a technical recruiter that can keep up. Sometimes you may want to fill a position with a direct hire candidate, while other times it might be in the company’s best interest to hire contractors. The best IT staffing and recruiting partners offer a full suite of services, because you shouldn’t have to settle for a staffing solution that isn’t in your company’s best interest.

Step 3: Learn How Candidates Are Vetted

You need a firm with the ability to produce top tech talent, and this starts with the candidate vetting practices used. The best recruiters are proud of their screening and sourcing strategies — because they work — so they’re pleased to share them with you. Steer clear of anyone who evades these questions or claims this information is confidential, because they have something to hide.

Step 4: Read Testimonials

Top tech recruiting firms have a lot of satisfied clients — and they’re very proud of these accomplishments. From testimonials on the company website and social media pages to Yelp reviews, you should have no trouble finding glowing reviews about the staffing agency. Feel confident if you find a plethora of positive testimonials from clients and employees, but if you have trouble finding this information, move on to the next.

Step 5: Find Out Average Response Times

It’s important to have an IT staffing and recruiting partner who can produce qualified candidates in a very short period of time. Even if you don’t have an urgent need to fill the tech positions currently on your roster, you may find yourself in a pinch down the road, so make sure your recruiting partner has you covered. Generally speaking, look for a firm that will touch base with you for an initial consultation within a couple hours of your request and present qualified candidates for your consideration within 48 hours.

Searching for the right technical recruiter to help your company achieve its goals? Partner with Sparks Group. We know exactly how to find the best contract, temporary, and full-time tech talent for your company, because it’s our specialty.

5 Responses

  1. I agree that checking the average response times and testimonials are the best way to choose an IT service provider. The great thing is that because IT services are computer and internet based, it is generally easy to find a lot of reviews online. I recommend thoroughly researching a company before hiring them!
  2. I like the idea of using a recruiting company to help hire employees when looking for a specific type of employee. A lot of times companies need a position filled but don't have the time to go through the interview process to find the one qualified person. When using a recruiting company you can put in the qualifications that you need met and the company can find someone who meets those qualifications.
    • Shawn Connelly
      Thank you for your great insight and feedback, Dave!
  3. Most informative post..Your suggestion are very useful for us. Thank you for sharing with us. As a job seeker, I open up more to a recruiter when he or she is interested in who I am and what I want for my career instead of just how my past work experiences and qualifications fit the position. It makes me feel more comfortable talking to a recruiter who works in the same company as one of my connections does. It is an instant connection and conversation piece.
  4. I agree that you want to check the customer testimonials of an IT service before you choose them. It would make sense to find one that is well liked by their past clients. In addition to this, checking a page like the BBB's website could give you information about the IT company as well.

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