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Are recruiters worth the fee for startups?

I always thought that hiring recruiters is a waste of money. Who could possibly know better what kind of employees I want to hire and what could be so hard about that. Now that I am about to start a company, or at least I am thinking about it, hiring recruiters doesn't seem like a bad idea. How can I know if someone has enough administrative or bookkeeping skills when I have no clue about it. Not to mention that this process requires a lot of time and energy. What is your opinion about it? How do you trust them that they made the right choice?

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Hambirrao Patil
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Hambirrao Patil Entrepreneur
Founder, Software Engineering Director at Expedite Informatics Pvt Ltd
Hello @Shilpa. When I was started I have an same fear of rules and regulations. Are those really taking care of it or not. Frankly speaking we should not divert our focus form our idea, waste out with time and energy.

I suggest apply RACI Model in organization.



Rob Gropper
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Director at PetHero, SPC - Member at Eastside Incubator - Principal at Tuxedo Technologies Group
Shilpa, to be clear, "they" do not make the right choice - you do. There are plenty of poor recruiters and some very good ones, but even the good ones do not "make the choice" for you. A good recruiter will spend time to understand your needs and connect you with candidates that fit your needs. Most will simply throw piles of resumes at you with little regard for the 'soft' requirements like company culture, etc. You still need to know how to evaluate each candidate for each position. do not rely on someone else to do this for you. If you need to hire a book keeper (for example) and you know nothing about book keeping then you had better learn in a hurry for find someone who does know book keeping to help you both in recruiting and vetting candidates as well as on-going evaluation of your book keeper.
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@Rob I agreed. But the root cause analysis should be done. Rigth now @Shilpa don't know the concept of Book Keeping, consider we hired Book Keeper for @Shilpa using service of good recruiter who understand our requirements. Still the question remain as it is.

How do you trust them that they made the right choice? Only answer is be conceptual and adopt model inside organization.

Responsibility = role is responsible for actually doing or completing the book keeping(Hired Guy)
Accountable = role is accountable for ensuring that the book keeping completed. Usually only one person.(Hired Guy ensures with CA, Accountant, Legal Expert etc...)
Consulted = role whose subject matter expertise is required in order to complete the book keeping.(Hired guy consult with CA, Accountant, Legal Expert etc...)
Informed = role that needs to be kept informed of the status of book keeping completion(Hired Guy to @Shilpa or may be someone from Administrative point of view)

In this way model can get help you to minimize the risk of making the right choice of book keeping and saving lot of time and energy.

Thank you!
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