NEWS: Recruitment agencies lack client appeal

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.

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.



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