External recruiters often have multiple searches with various companies going on at any given time. When a search is opened, the recruiter usually works on it immediately and can send qualified candidates within a few days.
High-priority positions get the most attention. Recruiters take cues on whether it is a high-priority search based on how quickly a client gives feedback and insight. If a company provides timely and detailed feedback, the recruiter knows that the position is very important to the client and there's a higher probability that the position can be filled quickly. Once a recruiter knows that a company is responsive and transparent about the process, they are more likely to focus their efforts.
No feedback or a delayed response sends the recruiter a message that a company might not be looking to fill the post right away, that the company isn't exactly sure about the job specifications, or they have a flawed hiring process. Ultimately, recruiters are like PR firms. They work best with clients who bring them in as partners and provide transparency to the process.
Jami Secchi is VP at PR Talent.
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