Placement Consultants act as middlemen that match a job vacancy with the right candidate. Their services are availed by both companies having job openings and job seekers looking for employment.
Consultant’s role from employer’s perspective:
Companies seek the help of placement consultants as and when there is a job opening. Consultants maintain a database of job seekers looking for employment and scan through it to search for the right candidate; online job portals are another source for headhunting resumes that match with the job profile in question. Placement consultants conduct the initial screening of candidate profiles and even schedule interview with the company.
Consultant’s role from job seeker’s perspective:
The interaction between consultant and job seeker may initiate in two ways: either by the placement consultant as mentioned above or by the job seeker who registers himself/herself with the placement firm. Placement agencies can increase the chances of a candidate of coming in contact with the right companies (that hold vacancies in the desired sector and candidate’s level of experience).
How to identify a good consultant?
• Good communication and inter-personal skills.
• Gauges potential candidate’s suitability for particular job role.
• Puts forth the requirements and job responsibilities along with terms of employment clearly at the initial stages itself.
• Follows up with the candidate subsequently regarding the progress of hiring process at interview rounds with the company and once placed too.