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3 ways to spot a bad recruitment agency

Deciding on a recruitment agency to join is an important decision. After all, you are entrusting the agency to represent you. There are, unfortunately, a number of bad agencies out there, some of which will almost always make the recruitment process far more difficult than it should be. But there is help. Here are 3 easy ways to separate the good from the bad employment agencies.

1. Are they a reputable recruitment agency?

This is an important question. At FFH Consultants, we’ve come across many candidates and employers alike who’ve employed the services of agencies that lack the necessary expertise. It’s essential that you do your research, and make sure that you are partnering with an agency that fully understands your needs. Things to look out for include finding out which fields of employment the agency specialises in.

2. Are they professional?

Simply put, first impressions last. If your current employment agency isn’t making a good impression, or seem disinterested in providing you with personalised service, then it might be time to look elsewhere. Building a good relationship is essential to finding the right people for the job, and the only way that can be achieved is through trust.

3. Are they matching you with the right people/companies?

The worth of an recruitment agency can easily be measured in the company or people they keep. Disreputable agencies will often disregard your requirements and match you with people or companies that you wouldn’t have considered on your own. The best advice is to be clear about what you want, and decide whether your current employment agency truly has your best interest at heart.