Hiring managers, who is that behind the wheel of your employment brand? You've had 5 internal meetings to discuss the language on your new website, but then you hired a contingent recruiter to work on your job opening after talking to them on the phone for what, half an hour?
What exactly are they telling people about you, your company, and your open job?
When you engage an executive search firm, you hand over your reputation as an employer. The search consultant is authorized to represent you (for the duration of their engagement). t's like handing over the keys to your car ... with your company name emblazoned on the side of it. They ARE your employment brand while they are behind the wheel. And remember, they are talking to a lot of people about your company.
So how much control do you have over what they say? In most cases, none at all. So yeah, you probably want to know who you are dealing with, what their reputation is, and precisely what they will say about your job opportunity.