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Using multiple recruiters to fill your roles? Bad idea!

For companies who are desperately trying to fill a role as quickly as possible, it can be tempting to engage multiple recruiters at once, in the hope that casting the net wide will improve your chances.

by hao-nguyen on September 10, 2021

For companies who are desperately trying to fill a role as quickly as possible, it can be tempting to engage multiple recruiters at once, in the hope that casting the net wide will improve your chances. But unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily how it works. 

The risk you run by having multiple recruitment agencies all working on the same role at the same time actually dilutes the talent pool, the good candidates will find themselves being approached anywhere between two to five times about the one role!  

Instead of speeding up the process, this actually has the effect of slowing it down. Can you imagine it from the candidate’s perspective? If you were being contacted that many times about the same thing, you’d quickly become fatigued, frustrated and lose interest in even hearing about the role at all! 

The best approach is to partner with an agency who knows your business well, who you trust and who has proven results delivering in the past. They can single-handedly attack the market for you using smart tactics to ensure they are finding you the best fresh talent out there. But if you’re still unsure about which recruiter basket to put all your eggs in, engaging a maximum of two recruiters at once is probably as many as we’d recommend.  

Another (arguably better approach) is to work exclusively with one recruitment agency for a limited time, say two weeks, and then if you’re not seeing results, move on to another option.  

When you have an exclusive relationship, your recruiter knows you are relying on them and will ensure your role is prioritised over other, non-exclusive assignments. But more than this, the recruiter can be confident that each time they approach a candidate it’ll be the first time they’re hearing about the role, this means your brand story and awesome opportunity can actually be heard and considered, rather than ignored. 

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