10 Objections Companies Have About Working with a Recruiting Agency: My Experience at Nxt Level

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

During my extensive tenure in the recruiting industry, I’ve encountered numerous reasons why companies might be hesitant to engage the services of a recruiting agency. In response to these concerns, I aim to provide comprehensive solutions and highlight the advantages of partnering with Nxt Level.

#1 “It’s Too Expensive!”

Ah, the age-old concern about costs. Many companies worry that engaging with a recruiting agency like Nxt Level might be too pricey. They wonder, “Why pay for something we might be able to do in-house?” I completely get it. Every dollar counts, especially when budgets are tight. But often, the long-term value of a perfect hire can far outweigh the upfront costs of a recruiter’s expertise.

#2 “We Know Our Company Better.”

Absolutely. Nobody knows a company’s culture, needs, and values better than its own members. At Nxt Level, we often hear the concern that an external recruiter couldn’t possibly understand a company as deeply. It’s a valid point. But our expertise lies in partnering and working closely with companies, acting as an extension rather than a replacement.

#3 “Quality Over Quantity: Can They Deliver?”

Some companies have had previous experiences where agencies bombarded them with countless resumes, but only a few were a good match. It’s frustrating. At Nxt Level, we pride ourselves on targeted searches and understand that it’s about the right fit, not just any fit.

#4 “Will They Represent Our Brand Accurately?”

A company’s brand and reputation are priceless. The fear that an agency might misrepresent or misunderstand its ethos is real, but a good agency is dedicated to embodying and representing the brand just as passionately as the company itself.

#5 “What If We’re Just Another Client to Them?”

There’s that niggling fear that perhaps the agency is spread too thin, that they might be juggling too many clients and not giving each the attention they deserve. It’s a human worry — wanting to feel special and prioritized.

#6 “We’ve Always Done It In-House, Why Change?”

Tradition and familiarity are comforting. Bringing in an external partner can seem like a massive change and can make companies feel out of their depth. It’s like inviting a stranger into your home.

#7 “Are They Really Experts in Our Niche?”

Each industry, each niche, has its quirks, trends, and specific needs. Companies might doubt if a recruiting agency can truly grasp the intricacies of their field. Being experts in recruitment, at Nxt Level, we dive deep into each company’s niche to ensure we find the right match.

#8 “Is It a Long-Term Solution?”

Companies want sustainable growth. The fear that a recruiting agency might offer only short-term solutions or quick fixes is genuine. Our perspective at Nxt Level is always long-term. We aim to build lasting relationships.

#9 “Will They Respect Our Time?”

Time is gold. Companies might be worried about spending endless hours training or communicating with the agency, explaining their needs and preferences over and over. Efficient collaboration is crucial, and it’s a two-way street.

#10 “Are They Truly Objective?”

Objectivity is key in recruitment. Companies might be wary, thinking an agency might push candidates because they have quotas or are trying to fulfill contracts quickly. It’s important to remember that a reputable agency’s reputation relies on successful placements and happy clients.

In my time at Nxt Level, I’ve found that understanding these concerns deeply and addressing them proactively has not only built trust but also fostered lasting partnerships. Companies want to be heard, understood, and valued – and rightfully so.

I would love to assist you in building your team. Contact us and we will take your team to the next level.

Shane Shown

The entrepreneurial spirit burns brightly in Shane Shown, whose business journey began as a young child creating and selling Pokemon Bookmarks. His ambition and tenacity have propelled him to work with major international companies including Facebook, The Climate Corporation, Zillow, and College Works. In 2017 he launched Nxt Level Recruiting which specializes in high-level head hunting for the Technology and Video Game sectors with highly customized recruitment services. The year 2020 saw a successful move into Nashville for the company. 2023 brought the launch of three new divisions, Nxt Attorney, Nxt Level Civil Engineering, and Nxt Level HealthTech. Outside of the office, he serves as Co-City Leader for Founders Live: an international pitch competition empowering entrepreneurs around the world with funding opportunities.

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