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7 Myths About Recruiters: Recruiters Don’t Care About Quality as Long as They Make a Placement

Updated: Jan 30

Candidate and Recruiter at a meeting table, resume

This week, we are continuing our blog series on “7 myths about recruiters.” The myth we will be discussing is “recruiters don’t care about quality as long as they make a placement.” Many job seekers think that they would be better off searching for a position without the help of a recruiter due to the belief that recruiters just want to make a placement without caring much about the qualifications of the candidate. However, as we have previously discussed, this is not true, as a recruiting firm’s job is to place quality candidates. They also have reputations to uphold, so it is in their best interest to send only the best candidates to their clients for interviews.

Quality vs. Quantity

It is no secret that recruiters would like to place many candidates. They also get paid by clients to find individuals for their open job positions, leading to the misconception that they will place someone just to make the placement and collect their payment. Recruiters are in the positions that they are in because they are skilled in what they do, which is matching qualified candidates with a job and company that they fit well in. Job seekers and employers connect with recruiters in order to find or fill a role, which they could accomplish themselves if they weren’t looking for the best experience and quality. Valuing quality is very important in the recruiting process and helps build trust between the recruiting firm and those they work with.

Building Relationships

Along with finding and placing quality candidates in roles that are fit for them, recruiters also seek to build lasting relationships. Presenting candidates with a great and helpful experience may build trust and respect and lead to a long-term connection throughout their career journey. If an individual has a positive outlook on the recruiter that they worked with, they may return for their assistance again in the future. If a recruiter decides to forgo quality over quantity when making placements, they might miss out on opportunities later down the road due to the lack of relationships built with those they did not put enough effort into. This fact is also relevant to the clients who hired the recruiter; if they do not place qualified candidates, they may not work with them again as they now have a bad reputation in the recruiting industry.

Recruiter Reputation

The reputation of recruiters can make or break their careers. The relationships forged after positive experiences with a recruiter may lead to word of mouth referrals which then leads to more clients and candidates who want to work with them. The quality of candidates that they choose to fill roles will reflect on the recruiter’s performance and contribute to their reputation as a reliable agency. The idea that recruiters do not care much about the candidate that they place as long as they make the placement is one that would quickly grant a recruiter a very low standing in their industry. When a recruiter does their job well, they might be recommended to others and their amount of business will increase, which is a great point to put against this myth.

If a recruiter were to treat a candidate as a transaction, they would be dismantling their reputation and losing any future chance at working with them again. This and several other reasons contribute to the debunking of the myth that recruiters do not care about the quality of the candidate they place. Recruiters seek to build lasting relationships with those they work with and present them with the best experience possible.

Here at Sedna we value every one of our candidates and work hard to connect them with the right company and role for them. Quality is of the utmost importance to our experienced team as we take a customer-centric approach in all of the connections we make. Send us a message on LinkedIn or Instagram or visit our contact page if you would like to begin working with us.



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