5 Biggest Mistakes Employers Make When Attracting High Calibre Candidates and How to Avoid Them

5 Biggest Mistakes Employers Make When Attracting High Calibre Candidates and How to Avoid Them

A very enlightening article in the Arabian Gazette described some huge mistakes that recruiters make when seeking candidates for Middle Eastern firms.

Though some of these blunders are universal and not strictly limited to recruiters in that particular area of the world, some of them touch directly on the biggest mistakes employers can make when trying to attract high calibre candidates (usually described as executives but not limited to that role).

Interestingly enough, the filling of management, executive, and other key roles seems to be a struggle in the region’s firms. This is due to more than just employer mistakes during recruitment efforts, and includes:

  1. Telling and selling – A lot of effort goes into making firms appealing to job seekers. Known as an employer branding, this doesn’t always touch on the things that higher caliber employees will find important. A different strategy may be essential to attracting the appropriate candidate. 
  2. Positioning the work as an immediate need – Few experienced professionals are going to feel comfortable pursuing a position that is not a good fit to their overall career goals. If you are describing the work as filling a more immediate need rather than as one that can shape and steer the department or firm, you may not get attention from higher caliber recruits. 
  3. Not actually seeking the “best candidate” available – Hiring experts advocate always having face to face meetings when hiring upper level employees. However, there is a distinct trend in firms not talking to and meeting with enough of these high caliber candidates to allow quality to be accurately gauged. Noting that a “bell curve” must be created through the selection of candidates, one expert indicated that meeting with too few high level candidates does not give an accurate portrait of the very best.
  4. Hiring the best interview – High level candidates are bound to be persuasive and effective people. Unfortunately, this can make it too easy to hire the person who performs well in an interview, but who may not perform well on the job. In other words, be careful about evaluating only the personality.
  5. Avoiding specialized recruitment services – If you have access to a specialist recruiter familiar with your industry, niche, or Middle East location, you may find your recruitment efforts far more successful. They can help you refine job descriptions and even clarify goals that will allow you to identify and attract the most suitable candidates available.

Hiring higher level recruits is difficult, and particularly if you are going to hire non-domestic professionals to handle significant projects or jobs. Being aware of the mistakes listed above can help you and your recruitment team to avoid the biggest (and often the most costly) errors.

Though some recent statistics pointed out that corporate career websites are a popular recruitment tool in many Middle East firms, there is still a lot to be said for working with recruitment companies with well established relationships throughout the region.


Ancillary services

Whether you are a large multinational organisation or an expanding business in the Middle East, we can augment your resources and capabilities within the HR arena by providing you with the following additional services:


  • Event or Conference Management for industry networking events
  • Outplacement services to provide support to employees being made redundant
  • Onsite HR assistance & support
  • Exit Interviews
  • Salary Surveys

Recruitment Process Outsourcing

Our Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) services help your organisation manage the entire hiring process, or can manage one or two aspects of the process, essentially serving as an extension of the company’s human resources department. Our approach is consultative and customizable.  Though our RPO Services is tailored as per our client requirements, our services include –

–          Candidate research

–          Compliance tracking

–          Market Mapping

–          Employer Brand Awareness

–          Process Mapping

–          Consulting

Our service offering ranges from where we take full responsibility for the employee throughout the project life-cycle from initial recruitment and selection, visa processing, mobilization to employee welfare and payroll services to providing a CV sourcing service for volume recruitment campaigns.

Our key strengths are:

  • Cost
    • we can reduce your back office and logistics costs by providing an efficient outsourced solution.
  • Quality:
    • our highly experienced staff and candidates provide a world class service.
  • Time:
    • our expert consultants save you time and money by conducting a comprehensive pre-screening of all candidates before submission.
  • Flexibility:
    • our service is tailored to your specific requirements to ensure customer satisfaction. We can provide a mix of both permanent and contract solutions.


  • Outsourcing & Payroll
    • Your candidate’s payroll is fully managed on your behalf. We take responsibility for ensuring the candidate is paid on time and all mandatory governmental charges are paid.
    • Assist our clients to onboard workers quickly, while reducing program administration and overhead costs.
  • Managed recruitment campaigns
    • We dedicate a team to manage the sourcing and placement of candidates for an entire region, project or division.
    • We work in partnership with our clients to deliver shared goals.
  • Retained searches
    • We dedicate a consultant or a team to deliver a priority search for one or multiple vacancies.
    • We charge a retainer upon commencing the assignment to ensure we can allocate sufficient resources to completing the search successfully.
    • This retainer is refundable if we do not provide at least 3 suitable candidates for interview.

Business Support

As recruitment specialists, we understand how important it is for our clients to have a well organised, efficient and professional back office support function. We are ready to listen to your requirements and deliver an appropriate solution that saves you time and money.

We provide your business with qualified and trained staff on a permanent or temporary basis within the following support functions:

  • Human Resources
    • HR Director
    • HR Manager
    • HR Officer / Coordinator
    • HR Generalist
    • Manpower Planning & Recruitment Manager
    • Compensation & Benefits Manager
    • Training & Development Manager
    • Learning & Development Manager
    • Payroll Manager
    • Employee Relations Manager
    • Recruitment Manager
    • Talent Manager
    • Performance Management Officer
    • Recruitment Specialist


  • Information Technology (IT)
    • Chief Information Officer
    • IT Director
    • Software Developer
    •  IT Risk
    •  Information security
    • System Engineers and Integrator
    • Network Engineer
    • Help Desk Consultants
    • Cloud Computing
    • Network Operations
    • Web developers


  • Finance
    • Chief Finance Officer
    • Finance Director
    • Accountants
    • VAT Specialist
  • Sales
    • Head of Sales
    • Business Development Manager
    • Sales Manager/Supervisor
    • Sales Engineer
    • Telesales
    • Marketing Professionals
    • Social Media Consultant
    • Communication Specialist

– Interview, shortlist & select the following candidates for your business:

Oil & Energy

As part of our dedicated Oil & Energy recruitment service, we provide specialist professional candidates across all project phases from Feasibility Studies and FEED to Construction, Commissioning, Operations and Maintenance.

With an established presence in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, we work with our clients and their projects throughout the region – in Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and the UAE.

We have a vast network of candidates, sourced both locally and internationally, across the following sub sectors that can add value to your company’s and/or project’s performance.

Our team consists of experienced managers, consultants and resourcers, with relevant industry expertise & knowledge who are ready to listen to your requirements and work in partnership with you and your team to deliver the selected candidates on site.

Oil & Gas

  • Exploration & Production
  • NGL
  • Offsites & Utilities
  • Processing & Separation
  • Refinery
  • Petrochemical
  • Chemicals
  • Olefins & Aromatics


  • District Cooling
  • IPP – Independent Power
  • Provider Power Generation
  • Power, Transmission & Distribution

Heavy Industrial

  • Aluminum
  • Cement Chemicals
  • Mining & Metals
  • Steel

Engineering & Construction

We identify qualified candidates with international and/or regional experience for contractors, consultants, developers and government organisations within the engineering industry and built environment.

Whether you require design, site or office-based candidates, our experienced consultants are ready to listen and respond promptly with suitably qualified professionals for your vacancies.

Our expertise spans several main areas:

  • Planning, design and architecture: working on high profile new or existing buildings and structures;
  • Civil and structural engineering: covering coastal and marine work, environmental, geotechnical, structural;
  • Highways, bridges, rail, tunneling, airports/ports, transport planning, power, water/wastewater, public health, and risk management;
  •  Construction and building services: including construction and project management, design & build and facilities management.

The following is a breakdown of the specific disciplines we recruit:

  • Architecture
  • Design Management
  • Real Estate / Development Management
  • Urban Planning
  • Mechanical Electrical Plumbing (MEP)
  • Facilities Management
  • Business Development
  • Procurement & Materials
  • Project Management
  • Construction Supervision
  • Site Engineering
  • Health & Safety
  • Commercial & Contracts Management
  • Claims
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Estimating & Proposals
  • Project Controls
  • QA/ QC

Banking & Finance

Based in Bahrain, we recruit professionals from within the banking, finance & insurance sectors. Our capabilities span Retail & Corporate Banking, Sales & Trading, Asset Management, Private & Investment Banking in the front office and Finance, Accounting, Operations, Credit and Compliance on the support side.

This structure allows us to effectively service our clients with candidates across all levels of experience and seniority. In addition, we  provide a flexible recruitment approach for clients who require professionals on a temporary/contract basis.

Utilizing our network of offices across the Middle East and Europe, we are able to identify and place high calibre
Banking, Finance and Insurance individuals across the Middle East.


  • Commercial & Retail Banking
  • Investment Banking
  • Credit and Structured Finance
  • Product and Marketing
  • Procurement
  • Private Banking
  • Wealth & Asset Management
  • Treasury and International Banking
  • Risk and Compliance


  • Accounting
  • Audit
  • Tax & VAT
  • Financial Control Operations
  • Financial & Management Reporting
  • Operations and Administration
  • Payroll


  • Broking
  • Claims
  • Re-Insurance
  • Loss Adjusting
  • Underwriting
  • Business Development
  • Customer Operations
  • Management
  • Marketing