Finding attracting motivated applicants and qualified candidates in a cost-effective and timely manner is the dream scenario for any company looking to acquire new talent.
Sadly, ticking all of those boxes in one fell swoop is far more difficult than it seems on paper. Luckily, help is at hand and it comes to you right here, courtesy of those in the know!
How to Achieve the Best Recruitment Process
To help you navigate the road to recruitment without any unnecessary detours, we've put together a list of helpful hints and tips to allow you to achieve the best recruitment process possible.
Identify Your Needs
Knowing what want is the key to achieving it, so it's important to have a good idea of what you're looking for before you get started.
Outside of the title your recruiting for, think what the role and responsibilities will entail – your ideal candidate will need to have these in droves.
Next, think about what additional qualities you would like your new acquisition to possess, along with any other ideal attributes.
The old adage of "if you don't ask, you don't get" rings true in recruitment and a structured person spec with essentials and desirables will help you bag the perfect applicant.
There are a wide variety of avenues to go down when it comes to marketing your job vacancy, each with their own pros and cons, so it's worth considering which ways you want to explore.
Advertising your vacancy internally is going to be excellent in terms of time and money spent; however, it naturally excludes the world outside your office walls.
Meanwhile, some recruiters may favour sites like LinkedIn and Facebook, as their chosen method of job marketing. While this may seem logical in today's culture of social media, it doesn't always reach the chosen demo of those actively seeking employment.
Perhaps the best route is the most obvious: hitting the online job boards. Job sites are purpose-built to cater for job seekers and have a ready-made audience waiting for vacancies just like yours to crop up.
Similarly, if your job targets a specialism, you may want to approach an agency that caters specifically for that market of skilled professionals, much like HRS caters heavily to scientists and those within the industry of science.
When it comes to sifting through the applications, a tall stack of CVs can be a daunting task that's just as time-consuming.
In order to streamline what could be a lengthy process, go back to your initial job ad and remind yourself exactly what and who you are looking for.
Breezing by the person spec to remind yourself will give you a clear idea of the skills and experience your ideal applicant should possess.
Keep your checklist of criteria fresh in mind when going through the CVs to help you efficiently whittle down the field and arrive at your final shortlist of candidates.
Prepare for Interview
Just as you would expect a candidate to come to the interview fully-prepared, you too should take the very same approach.
An unprepared interview with very little direction achieves nothing for anyone and can create a bad first impression of your company to the interviewee. Have a solid idea of how you want the interview to progress with key questions and topics in mind.
Similarly, ensure all attendees are on the same page and clued up on what's what. Hauling an unprepped colleague into the meeting room last minute is a waste of everyone's time and can come back to haunt you.
Remember, the recruitment process works both ways. If the candidate doesn't feel your company is the right fit for them, they may not want to pursue the vacancy further even if they are offered the job.
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