Date published

August 17, 2021

The Recruitment Process Matters

Author

Woods & Co
recruitment agencies

Someone once said “work at the process and the results will come”. Well, these wise words are never more true than in recruitment.

Woods & Co approach recruitment through process first, bells and whistles last. Ultimately, you can package up recruitment problems in a hundred different ways, but if you want lasting change then you have to go back to basics and work through the process.

In recruitment, a streamlined fool-proof process is how you match the best candidates with the right job. By onboarding both businesses and job seekers correctly, recruitment agencies can not only save time but also see better results.

Woods & Co have spent the last three years developing their unique recruitment process, founded on a strong vetting strategy and a personalised approach. Here are some of our observations:

1. There’s No Shortcut to Vetting

At Woods & Co we often talk about not skipping steps. We can’t always control the outcome, but we can control the journey, and trim off problems before we invest too much time in the issue.

Woods & Co have an onboarding and vetting process that keeps everyone moving forward. By incorporating due diligence at every step, we ensure that the final match is the right one.

By investing 3 to 4 days in a rigorous onboarding and vetting process at the start, we are able to move more swiftly into job matching from the candidate pool further along the journey.

2. There’s No Substitute for the Personalised Approach

There’s no substitute for getting to know a business or job seeker face to face (or over Zoom, depending on lockdown restrictions).

Woods & Co are always open to utilising the latest technologies to make recruitment faster and more objective, but in our experience, recruitment is about matching people and work cultures, and this isn’t something a computer can predict with 100% accuracy.

Experienced staff, like those at Woods & Co, have a fine-tuned radar for what works. We combine recruitment technology with a sensitive approach.

By going to meet the client in person to understand their wants, frustrations, build rapport, and understand their concerns, we take home an understanding of their wants and needs.

From there, we involve a wide range of contacts and resources to introduce the client into the marketplace with confidence.

3. Dot Your I’s and Cross Your T’s

Before we put a candidate on the table, we need to know that this person is going to solve the client’s problems. We’re not interested in wasting anyone’s time.

From our perspective, businesses are employing us to shorten the amount of time on recruitment and save them time and hassle. We do this best by properly vetting our candidates and getting the truth.

For that reason we never forget to dot our I’s and cross our T’s, so to speak, by overlooking references. Verifying references and employment history is key to finalising our candidate submissions and we never suggest a candidate who hasn’t been fully checked out by a member of our team.

That means we don’t just let a computer do it. We pick up the phone and call multiple references every single time.

4. Always Keep in Touch


Nothing good comes from just handing over a folder of candidates and leaving businesses to it. The recruitment process doesn’t end when you’ve found good candidates.

Woods & Co know “things happen”. Job requirements change, and the perfect fit for any office can be hard to find.

That’s why we check in with you to see where you’re at. In fact, we will communicate with you repeatedly throughout the recruitment process to make sure everyone is on the same page.

By keeping in touch we get you the right candidate, quicker. In fact, we believe our talent at communication is one of our strongest points of difference. We work with you every step of the way.