Jobseekers who are considering using recruitment agencies often ask questions such as 'What happens when I send my CV to an agency?' and 'How does the process work?'

Therefore, we have provided you with an overview of how recruitment agencies normally work. 

Stage 1 - Job Advert

The first stage normally begins with a job advert that recruitment agencies publish on behalf of their client through various job boards, social channels and their website. Once the candidate has applied to an advert, the relationship between candidate and recruitment agency begins with a confidential phone call or face to face meeting.        

Stage 2 - Discussion 

The initial discussion determines what exactly the candidate is looking for in their next role. They may be asked why they want to change jobs, what they enjoy most about their current role and what aspects they would like to change. Based on the information provided, the consultant will recommend relevant opportunities catered to their specific needs and send their CV to the relevant companies, with their permission.  

Stage 3 - Interview

Once a client expresses an interest in speaking with a candidate, it’s time to arrange interviews. The consultant will normally arrange interviews with the client at an appropriate time that suits. 

Debriefing after each interview is also important. The consultant will want to find out what the candidate likes about the job and what they are not sure of, to ensure that the candidate and client are both on the same page. 

Stage 4 - Negotiation 

Negotiating salaries can be an uncomfortable conversation for candidates when they are sitting at the interview table. Quoting a figure that is too low can limit their earning potential and quoting a figure that is too high risks losing the interviewer’s interest altogether.

Therefore, having a skilled negotiator to advise the company and fight the candidate's corner avoids this awkward discussion and gives a better chance of receiving the figure they have in mind - this is all part of the free service recruitment agencies provide.

Stage 5 - Offer

If the candidate is happy with the offer, it’s just a case of accepting, celebrating and taking care of the admin before they start!

Although every company is different, this will give you an overview of how recruitment agencies work in general. 

If you choose Reperio to help with your job search, our specialist recruitment consultants will work behind the scenes to explore every avenue to help you secure your next role. Best of all, it doesn’t cost you a penny! If you would like help in securing your next job opportunity, give our office a call on 01 571 3000 or check out our jobs page for the roles we currently have available.   

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