The recruitment process: Finding the perfect employee

Your complete guide to finding the right person for the job

People: you can’t live with them, but you can’t run a business without them! Good staff literally transform weak organisations into strong, healthy and vibrant operations.

But it can often feel as though these saints of the workplace are like pixie dust: legendary, but impossible to locate.And with the much publicised ‘skills gap’, finding qualified, suitable staff is becoming harder for many business owners.

Why is it so important?

Get the recruitment process right, an~d you virtually eliminate the risk of hiring the wrong person for the job. Get the process wrong, and you won’t even attract applications from suitable candidates, much less be able to spot them during the selection process. And you will have wasted big money in time and advertising.

Recruitment is not just carried out to meet immediate vacancies but should be seen as part of an overall organisational strategy for resourcing personnel. Once you fill one vacancy, you should be left with a list of candidates who you would consider for the same or other vacancies in the future. This makes the process much easier the next time round.

But it’s not just about filling vacancies. The process exposes your company to a wide section of the public. These people could be current or potential clients, customers or suppliers. What’s more, people talk. If a job applicant has had an unfavourable experience with your company, you can be sure that they will tell others about it. Hence it’s vital that the recruitment process creates a positive impression of the company.

How to find the candidates

The first step is to draw up a job profile that you will use in the vacancy advertisement. The can be wrought with employment law, so we’ve drawn up some guidelines to help you.

Next you need to place the ad somewhere. There are different routes you can take depending on the type of position and the money you want to spend. We look at the four most popular.

Local newspaper

Job Centre

Online recruitment

Recruitment agency


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