Head Hunting FAQ’s

Kelowna currently has one of the lowest employment rates in the country. This can make it difficult to find talent or a specific skillset for your company.

Are you an organization that needs to fill some positions? Always looking for top talent. Curious about headhunting? Then you’ve come to the right place. Learn more about the recruiting practice known as headhunting and how you can use a headhunter to fill vacant positions at your company with our headhunting Frequently Asked Questions.

Headhunting FAQs

According to data from iCIMS, “More than one in four working Americans weren’t searching for a job when their found their current job.” You’d have to think this stat is similar for Canadian workers. It stands to reason that part of the reason for this is the amount of HR headhunting that is occurring out there in 2019.

What is head hunting?

Headhunting is a recruiting process where a business or recruiter on behalf of a business, reaches out to prospective employee(s) who may be currently working elsewhere and has specific skills for a specific role. In essence, headhunting is a method of sourcing, locating and attracting specific individuals that meet a particular job requirement.


Are headhunters the same as recruiters?

Not necessarily. A headhunter can be a recruiter but headhunting is more of a tactic used by a recruiting agency or company. A headhunter could also be a business owner, an HR manager or a third party. Headhunters are typically used to fill a specific job or role. Recruiters are often used to fill multiple roles or additional placements of full-time or temporary workers. In addition, a recruiting agency tends to offer additional services other than just headhunting recruitment services.


How do headhunters operate?

Headhunters are usually HR specialists who have a background in recruiting and job placement. They often have a diverse network of connections leveraging aspects of Social Media, in particular LinkedIn and other online tools and resources. As headhunters are only paid on the successful placement of a candidate, they are motivated to find the best talent for your business in as most efficient manner as possible.


Is headhunting ethical?

If done professionally yes, but there is a lot of debate around this topic. It all depends on how it is conducted. The fact is, is that on many occasions receiving a call from a recruiter or headhunter can improve the outlook of many employees. While some people refer to headhunting as “poaching” that is not the case. It is simply reaching out to resources or potential candidates that are currently employed. The individual contacted as a right to participate in the conversation or not. Is searching for potential candidates on LinkedIn unethical? No, this happens every hour of everyday.


Is headhunting used for only executive positions?

No headhunting can be used for all levels of talent recruitment.


Is there a fee for hiring a headhunter?

Typically, yes as this is a “service” provided by employment or staffing agencies. Headhunting fees are often based on a percentage of the first-year salary of the successful candidate. It depends on the agency. Usually the percentage is broken down by stage recruiting a successful candidate. A headhunter only gets paid if and when the headhunter finds and successfully places a suitable candidate with the company (that hired the headhunter). The amount a headhunter is paid depends on the agreement between the headhunter (or agency) and the company. It should be mentioned that the candidate or job seeker do not pay the headhunter, payment is the responsibility of the company or organization that hired the headhunter (unless of course the job seeker hired a headhunter).


What are the benefits of using headhunting recruiting?

There are a number of benefits in using headhunting to recruit candidates. Some of these benefits include:

  • Finding a qualified candidate with a specific skillset
  • Finding a candidate quickly
  • Saving time in the recruiting process
  • Sourcing the most qualified candidates
  • Access to a wider talent pool and range of candidates


When should I use a headhunter?

This depends on your needs as an employer. When using a headhunter, you will want to learn more about their approach, their network, their fees, successful placements, testimonials etc. Upon completing your research, you may find that a headhunter may be most useful when you require a specific talent that has been elusive in attracting or perhaps when you may be in a hurry to bring a candidate on board.

Headhunting can be a successful recruitment strategy providing that it’s done with careful consideration to the candidate. Need help with your recruiting needs? Contact Aspire Recruitment Solutions and learn more about our Temporary Staffing, Permanent Staffing, Human Resources Consulting and Recruitment Services.

Additional Resources

What are the benefits of headhunting services?– erecruit.com

The Concept of Headhunting in HR – UK Essays

Headhunters – Resume to Referral

70 Recruitment Statistics for Attracting Top Talent in 2019 – Smallbizgenius.net