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5 Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Staffing Agency for Your Business Blog

by Makenzee R. Taylor, on December 01, 2023
In today's dynamic business environment, a company’s success is largely based on having a skilled and motivated workforce. When hiring temporary or permanent staff for your business, partnering with a respected staffing agency can save you time, effort, and valuable resources.

However, not all staffing agencies are created equal, so it's essential to consider several key factors before making your final decision. The factors you should consider include industry expertise, selection process, and more.

Below, we outline and explore the five key factors you should inspect before choosing a staffing agency.

1. Expertise and Industry Knowledge

One of the most important factors is whether the staffing agency specializes in your industry. It’s important to look for agencies that have experience in recruiting and placing candidates in roles similar to the ones you are seeking to fill. For example, if you’re a manufacturing plant looking to fill roles on your assembly line, it wouldn’t make sense to work with an agency that specializes in filling healthcare roles.
If possible, partner with a staffing agency that specializes in or has significant experience in your industry. Finding an agency with  a deep understanding of your industry's specific requirements ensures that they can provide you with candidates who possess the necessary skills and knowledge.

2. Reputation and Track Record:

Once you’ve confirmed that the agency has experience and knowledge related to your industry, you’ll want to confirm they have a positive record of success. At this point, you should conduct thorough research on the reputation and track record of the staffing agency.

Most of this can be done online by looking for:
  • Client testimonials
  • Online reviews
  • Case studies
  • Active engagement on social media
In addition to online research, you should also ask any professional contacts if they have worked with the agencies you’re considering. An agency with an excellent reputation will have a proven history of delivering quality candidates and excellent customer service.

3. Screening and Selection Process

Inquire about the staffing agency's screening and selection process. A reliable agency will have rigorous screening procedures to assess candidates' skills, qualifications, and cultural fit. While some agencies may use proprietary technology and might not be able to share every detail related to it, they should still be able to share some high-level information regarding their tools and processes.

Ask about their interviewing techniques, background checks, and reference verification to ensure that they have a comprehensive screening process.

LandrumHR's screening and selection process is designed to be accessible and efficient for potential candidates.. Once an application is submitted through the job board or an external platform, a notification is sent to recruiters to initiate the screening process. Additionally, candidates have the option to call the employee help desk center, where the registration team conducts a preliminary prescreening.
This multi-faceted approach leverages technology and human interaction, ensuring that recruiters can focus on engaging with candidates whose qualifications closely match the requirements of available positions.

4. Candidate Pool and Availability

Similar to an agency’s screening and selection process, a large and diverse candidate pool is crucial. Ask about the agency's candidate database and how they source candidates.

An agency with an extensive network and access to a wide talent pool will have a better chance of finding suitable candidates quickly and efficiently.

5. Cost and Value

Once you’ve examined all of the factors above and determined that a staffing agency is a good fit for your business, it’s time to look at costs. Evaluate the cost and value proposition offered by the staffing agency.
While price is an important consideration, it should not be the sole determining factor. Look for an agency that offers competitive rates while providing value-added services such as onboarding, training, and ongoing support.

In conclusion, selecting the right staffing agency for your business requires careful consideration of several key factors. By evaluating their expertise, reputation, screening process, flexibility, candidate pool, cost, compliance, and communication, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your business's needs and goals.

Remember to conduct thorough research and due diligence to ensure a successful partnership that can help your business thrive.

Seeking a Staffing Agency? Consider LandrumHR as Your Next Trusted Partner

With our proven track record of excellence, LandrumHR has been a trusted partner for countless businesses for over 50 years. Our commitment is to understanding unique staffing needs and providing tailored solutions for your organization.

Whether you’re seeking temporary or permanent staffing, our expert team at LandrumHR is dedicated to connecting you with the best talent. LandrumHR is the partner you can rely on to help your business thrive.

Contact our staffing team today to find out how LandrumHR can provide your business with reliable and timely staffing services.
Makenzee R. Taylor

Makenzee is an HR Assistant with LandrumHR Workforce Solutions. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in marketing. Born and raised in Northern California, Makenzee enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the beach, traveling and binge-watching TV shows in her free time.

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