Almost a third of businesses interviewing prospective employees say
candidates sent to them are ‘totally inappropriate for the job’
according to a new survey of attitudes towards recruitment consultants.
The report, commissioned by marketing communications recruitment
specialists Major Players, also discovered that 30 per cent of
candidates arrived at the interview ‘not very or not at all well
briefed’ by the consultancy.
Only half of the PR, direct marketing and sales promotion in-house
departments and agencies questioned are confident that their own staff
won’t be poached by their recruitment consultancy.
Sixty-one per cent of respondents did not think that the recruitment
consultants they used even had experience in their industry or did not
know if they did.
Researchers McCallum Layton conducted 75 interviews with people who had
used a recruitment agency in the past 12 months. It also organised 25
telephone interviews with employees who had placed their CV with an
agency over the last three years.
Major Players, formed in 1992 by Jack Gratton, has launched a series of
pledges to clients on the back of the research. These include: not
poaching from clients; offering a six-month money back guarantee and
psychometric testing of job candidates.