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Home » Blog » Terms and conditions apply . . . . do you really want my referral?

Terms and conditions apply . . . . do you really want my referral?

Posted on November 22nd, 2013 by Gecko Recruitment

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By Phil Dixon
Gecko Recruitment

As with any recruitment business, candidate referrals are a critical part of our success. It makes sense to ask for referrals at every opportunity and to treat everyone with the utmost professionalism and respect. In recruitment, when you treat people well, they often gush out names of people without you even asking. They just seem to want to help.

But what about rewarding people for referrals? All recruiters need to have a candidate referral scheme right? In Australia, most agencies seem to pitch this at $200 or thereabouts for a successful referral – and this seems like a nice little bonus for people. In Rec to Rec this figure is inflated. Recruiters are programmed to negotiate for the most favourable outcome and so referral fees are hiked upwards.

In common across all agency referral schemes seems to be the onerous * TERMS APPLY slipped in somewhere followed by a long list of conditions attached to the referral. These usually appear in size one font and include reasons to not pay, or delay as long as possible.

Having just reviewed our referral scheme we decided to take a ‘no-strings’ approach. We’ll offer a reward even if a candidate may be on our database. We also present the reward on start date rather than on completion of a probation period.

If we are ‘referred’ someone that we’ve recently been in meaningful dialogue with, then of course we won’t pay a referral fee. But what about someone who happens to be on my database or in my Linkedin network that I have neglected to keep in touch with regularly?Shouldn’t I pay a referral for having them personally brought to my attention at the right time? I think so.

Typically referrals are paid once the candidate has passed the guarantee period and if the invoice has been paid. But the person making the referral isn’t employed as a credit controller to chase invoices – how is this their problem?!

We’d love to hear about other people’s experiences – good, bad or indifferent with agency referral schemes? So please leave a comment.

And of course, if you have any mates then we’d love to hear about them too 😉

 

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