Some of the feedback we receive from companies often refers to the fact that they have received 'almost 100 CVs for the role' and that on this occasion, they don't need any assistance from an external agency to help fill that position. Often, that same company reaches back out to us a number of weeks later following an assessment of the quality of the CVs they received, only to find that the vast majority were inappropriate for the role.
One of the more interesting observations is that among the most recognisable brands within our industry, there is a belief that because of their brand recognition and strong online presence, simply advertising a role will have the desired outcome of attracting suitably qualified candidates. While there will always be exceptions to the rule, the reality is that irrespective of the brand, be they a large top 5 distributor or an independent retailer, there is an equivalent sense of reticence and fear among candidates, who are currently in employment, to apply for a vacancy.
The assertion from these businesses that by simply having a high volume of candidates automatically results in finding the right candidate is simply misguided and ill-judged.