Recruitment can be a long, involved and expensive task. These top tips will ensure you get the best possible candidate for the role and that you create an effective recruitment process.
CREATE A GREAT PLACE TO WORK
If potential candidates see your business as a great place to work, they are more likely to apply for the role. You want people coming to you, asking if you have any positions available rather than you chasing people to come and work for you.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE CHOOSING FROM THE BEST POSSIBLE POOL OF CANDIDATES
Don’t just rely on newspaper or online ads. Be proactive in your employee search. Make sure you develop good relationships with local colleges or universities and keep good connections with professional associations.
CHECK YOUR PAY RATES
You want to be known as a top payer to attract the best. Money isn’t everything, but if you want to attract the best candidates, you will need to be paying the best rates.
KEEP ON TOP OF YOUR BENEFITS
Similarly, you should review your benefits to ensure they are competitive and what your employees and potential employees are looking for.
CHECK IN-HOUSE CANDIDATES FIRST
It is a lot easier to use in-house staff to fill a vacancy – you already have a relationship with them, and they understand the business.
INVOLVE EXISTING TEAM MEMBERS IN THE PROCESS
Your team are likely to know and understand the business and the role to be filled. If they are going to be working with the new recruit, it’s useful if they have some say in who it will be.
HAVE A DETAILED ACCURATE JOB DESCRIPTION
This sounds obvious, but too often the job description is out of date or doesn’t exactly match what is actually done in the role. Ensure the job description really covers what you need someone to do.
UNDERSTAND WHAT SKILLS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE ROLE
The job description covers what they do, but do you know how you want them to do it? What skills will they need to perform well, and how might they evidence these?
HIRE SOMEONE WHO HAS DONE OR IS DOING SOMETHING AS CLOSE TO THE JOB ALREADY
Ideally, you want to find someone who can hit the ground running in the role because it is close to what they are currently doing. This makes the process as efficient as possible.
DON’T JUST TAKE THE BEST OF A BAD BUNCH
If you don’t get any candidates you want to recruit, don’t feel you have to take someone. Far better to review and adjust your recruitment to ensure the next time you DO get the right person applying.