Whether you’re conducting a nationwide search or just hiring locally, the best way to find a recruiter is to ask around, and try to find one who specializes in your industry.
Recruiters usually focus on particular sectors such as retail, restaurants, Internet companies, or construction. Your accountant, lawyer, or colleagues in your industry can usually recommend someone.
When talking to a recruiter, get a feel for whether their personality and approach to hiring matches yours. A good recruiter will ask you questions about your company’s culture and idiosyncrasies as well. Spend time discussing all the specifications of the job, then prioritize the most important ones. It may be unrealistic to expect a candidate to fit all of your requirements, and a recruiter should be able to help you set appropriate expectations.
Be responsive when your recruiter finds a good prospect. Remember that after a certain point, the recruiter (not to mention the candidate) relies on you to move along the hiring process. If you take too long to decide whether to make an offer, the candidate might take another job.