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What You Should Look for in a Recruiting Agency

There are thousands of recruiting agencies in the U.S., so selecting the right one to represent your company may seem like a daunting task. It’s essential to do some due diligence and start with identifying the qualities of the agency that will enhance your organization. These intricacies will be specific to your own culture, mission, values, and the overall goals of your organization. However, as a general rule of thumb, there are a few qualities to look for when selecting a recruiting agency.

Specializes in your industry or skillset

In today’s talent market, recruiters need to have a unique skillset to make an impact within an organization. In other words, they need to be knowledgeable of the industry and the types of roles that you’re hiring them to fill. Hiring a recruiting agency that understands the intricacies specific to your industry or the role that needs to be filled will generate more qualified candidates.

Solid Vetting Process

The more structured the vetting process, the more quality candidates you’ll receive. Recruiters should be vetting candidates on their skillsets and develop an understanding of what a hiring manager truly needs. For example, if your team needs someone with a collaborative approach to finishing projects, the recruiter needs to be asking open-ended questions to identify whether they’re collaborative or more of an independent decision-maker.

At Johnson Search Group, we put each and every one of our candidates through a three-step screening process before the hiring manager even sees the resume. There are several attributes recruiters should be looking for when vetting their candidates:

One, they must ensure each candidate is within the compensation range. If they want more money than what your budget allows, the deal will likely bee doomed from the start. Next, each candidate must be sold on the location of the position, especially when it comes to a relocation. Sure, a move across the country might sound fun, but is it realistic for the candidate’s family and lifestyle? And finally, they must be available to transition jobs within a reasonable amount of time. If a candidate can’t accept a job and start within a couple of weeks, there is a good chance the deal will fall apart. These are three things a good recruiter should be on the lookout for when vetting their candidates before submitting them to your team.


If you’re going to take the time to vet an agency for your staffing needs, you’ll ideally find one that’s a one-stop-shop. This can not only help save money but also a ton of time. 

According to the American Staffing Association, there are “more than three million temporary and contract employees work for America’s staffing companies during an average week.” When searching for a recruiting firm, you must hire an agency that can handle all of your staffing needs. You want to find a firm that can hire candidates on a direct-hire, contract-to-hire, or on a temporary basis. And if contract staffing isn’t on your team’s radar, here is how hiring contractors can benefit your organization.

Let’s partner together

It can be overwhelming when selecting a staffing agency to hire. However, if you look for an agency that has these three things, you’ll be in good shape. And if you’re still looking for the right recruiting team for your company, give us a try. At Johnson Search Group, we are industry experts. We take the time to understand your industry and the nuances of your most critical positions. Let’s have a conversation and see if we are the right fit for your team.