Why You Should Work with a Recruiter
A professional recruiter is your partner. You have the same goal...to hire the best possible manager for the position you have available. It is critical that you be open, honest and forthright with your partner. You should provide him with as much information as possible so that he can sell your opportunity appropriately. At a minimum make sure your recruiter has a thorough understanding of your company, its history and plans for the future. Of course a thorough job description is required along with a description of the "company culture". In addition to a compensation range (including details of the benefits package), growth opportunities for the position should be discussed. An acceptable search plan should be reviewed with the recruiter
(i.e. geographic and company targets etc.)
A good recruiter should have a lot of experience and knowledge that you should take advantage of on a consultative basis. He should be helpful in areas of compensation, interview preparation, post-interview follow-up (gathering feedback from you as well as the applicant), and generally shepherding prospects through the recruiting process. Listen to his advice...he has your best interest at heart.