The interview aftermath: Making the decision

What to do when you've got your man or woman.

Once you’ve been through all the candidates it’s time to make the decision, considering carefully their responses and their qualifications.

And if all your notes and marking systems are simply making you more confused, remember that you are employing a person not a robot. Especially in small companies, they will need to have the right personality to fit in.

Many business owners have to be wary of recruiting people like themselves. This is understandable, as you know you’ll get on with them, but it can be worthwhile to recruit people who can bring different qualities to the company.

And if you don’t find anyone you want to employ, don’t panic. Don’t appoint anybody. If you can’t find anybody who’s good enough, do without them. If you are desperate, get someone on a short term contract.

Checking references

Once you’ve made the final offer, just one thing remains – checking the references. There are a number of ways of doing this, either through mail, telephone or in person.

And once they have checked out, that’s it. You can confirm the start date, prepare the forms and relax, happy in the knowledge that you probably won’t have to go through another selection process for at least a while.


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