The traditional approach to Talent acquisition is based on the principle that, the bigger the pool of qualified candidates, the better the possibility of getting the right candidate for the job. Often this principle applies and therefore recruitment agencies in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda being no exemption) will seek to appeal to as many qualified job potentials to submit applications.
The Recruitment or Head Hunting agency/company will then take through the mass of job applicants through a shop listing process aimed at identify those who meet the minimum requirements for job. Of Course sometimes recruitment or head hunting agencies in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania will find the pool of applicants too large and therefore the agency will shortlist those who exceed the minimum and hence have a higher probability of selection.
There are however times when this approach is not ideal and the client company or the recruitment company or head hunting agency will opt for head hunting
As the phrase suggests it is that process of quietly targeting selected individuals who fully meet the job requirements with a view to convincing them to take up a job. In Head hunting, the Head Hunting service provider will have done a survey and picking a few individuals who fully meet the job criteria. The process of head hunting is therefore a communication process by which the picked ‘heads’ or suitable candidates are contacted , briefed on the job and convinced to consider taking up the job. Often the head hunting companies/agencies will start with the most suitable head and only consider the second most suitable when the best has declined to consider taking up the job.
A good Head hunting agency in East Africa (Kenya Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda) should meet the following qualities