How to test client commitment

As recruiters, we all know how important it is to ensure that both candidates and clients are fully committed to the hiring process. 

But have you ever wondered how to test client commitment? 

Testing client commitment not only helps you find the right fit for your candidates but also ensures that your clients are invested in the process. 

So let’s dive in and see how we can make informed decisions to increase the likelihood of successful placements:

🕑 Time Management – Observe how clients manage their time and respond to deadlines. For example, setting clear deadlines for the next steps in the hiring process and evaluating how when clients meet them can reveal their level of commitment. This is key to ensuring there is mutual investment from both parties, otherwise, it’s never going to end well.

📝 Review the Application Process – Review whether their application process is fully effective and efficient in the first place. Understanding how they review CVs, how they structure their interviews, what their decision process look like etc are all aspects that you can consider determining if they have a well-thought-out process in place. Or whether you can make recommendations which they can consider to improve the efficiency.

👥 Cultural Fit – Evaluate how clients align with company culture and values. Ask them what their culture looks like. Review how it’s represented in the job description. If they haven’t done any work on it and have no collateral on it, then that shows there’s an issue internally that needs resolving. 

🔍 Thoughtful Questions – Ask thought-provoking questions to gauge client commitment. For example, asking how they see the team and structure developing or what the onboarding process looks like for new starters.

🤝 Agreement Terms – Pay attention to what terms and conditions (if any) the client is asking for. Consider whether the agreement is balanced and fair for both parties and if there are any red flags.


👍 Client Feedback – Ask for reviews or feedback from the client. Make sure the feedback is independent and credible so that you can see the true measure of their commitment.


🎯 Align Expectations – Be upfront about expectations from the get-go and clarify key points on each side as often as needed. This will help keep everyone on the same page and ensure no misunderstandings occur.

There are several questions you can ask a client to gain insight into their needs, expectations, and organisational culture.

Here are some examples:

  • What are the key skills and attributes you are looking for in a candidate for this role?
  • How does this position fit into your organisation’s long-term goals and strategy?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing your company in the next year, and how do you see this position helping to address those challenges?
  • Can you describe your company culture and the qualities that make someone successful in your organisation?
  • What do you see as the biggest challenge or obstacle in filling this role?
  • How does your company handle diversity and inclusion, and what specific steps have you taken to ensure a diverse and inclusive workplace?
  • What are the most important values and principles that guide your organisation, and how do they translate into your hiring practices?
  • What are the growth opportunities and potential career paths for someone in this position?
  • How do you measure success in this role, and what metrics do you use to track progress?
  • What are some of the unique aspects of your company’s industry or market that a candidate for this role should be aware of?

By testing client commitment, you can ensure that both parties are fully invested in the hiring process and increase the likelihood of a successful placement.

Asking thoughtful questions and observing behaviour can reveal valuable insights into client commitment that can help recruiters make informed decisions.


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