The individual recruitment advice we offer for employers will, of course, vary widely according to the needs of your business. Recommendations we make could be affected by factors such as the time of year, the sector the job role falls into and the economic climate at the time of recruiting.
As we enter a new decade, we thought it might be useful for us to offer some general advice which may help you plan your hiring strategy.
In 2019, the UK’s employment rate reached an all-time high– that’s great, right? Well, not necessarily. This peak in employment meant that searching for top talent has been tough.
So, how can employers ensure they get the right candidate for the job?
Truthfully, you’ll never really know until a candidate is fully settled in. However, there are steps you can take to minimise the risk of a bad hire. We have put together our top five areas of recruitment advice for employers who are looking to hire this new year:
Top 5 recruitment tips for employers right now:
1 – Be clear to get concise results
Essentially, if you make a job advert too vague or too broad, your applicants will be just that – broad and unspecialised. Take time to communicate exactly what your job role involves and make sure your requirements are clearly stated.
Certainly, using simple, everyday language will make sure you reach the right candidates with your job advert.
Furthermore, try listing the technologies that you expect a candidate to have experience in, and the level of experience you would expect applicants to have. This will make sure you only receive applications from the most relevant candidates.
2 – Boost your benefits
If your business is in a position to, it is worth reviewing your benefits package. In the current job market, competition is fierce. A good salary alone is not enough to attract top talent.
It’s important to remember that not all benefits are monetary. For example, one of the most attractive benefits to employees is flexible work hours. This can be implemented relatively easily, without too much disruption to your business. But to candidates, will make your offer much more attractive than to say the job comes with no benefits at all.
3 – Consider outsourcing your interview process
Recruiting is a time-consuming and demanding task. Enlisting professional help to take care of your recruitment process will free up valuable time. Professional employment consultants are proficient in weeding out less suitable candidates whilst pinpointing the right ones.
In addition to the regular, well known, job boards, recruitment consultants often subscribe to lesser-known, niche job boards. Advertising on specialist job boards doesn’t reach as wide an audience but those viewing your vacancy will have more relevant skills.
4 – Telephone Screen candidates
Pre-screening candidates by phone is a valuable way to save time in wasted interviews. Once you have a candidate shortlist, conduct a pre-screening stage by telephone.
Be consistent in asking questions around key topics. For example, let’s say travel is an issue at your place of work. Be sure to ask every applicant how they will travel to work on a daily basis. This may sound simple but it will give you a much clearer picture of exactly who you should invite to interview.
Where you have criteria candidates are expected to meet as a minimum requirement, recruiters can save you bags of time. Most consultants will pre-screen candidates for you using a set of interview questions prepared by you. This avoids wasting your valuable time interviewing irrelevant candidates.
5 – Always ask for references
It might sound obvious but it is not uncommon for employers to employ a candidate without first asking for references. Therefore we strongly suggest the following recruitment advice for employers:
References are valuable for a number of reasons. They give an employer an idea of what they are going to get when they hire an individual. A reference provides background into a candidate’s work ethic from someone with experience of working with them.
By not asking for references you miss out a crucial opportunity to gather valuable insight. Your referee will supply essential information about an individual’s work ethic. References can help you understand whether a potential employee is likely to perform well or give you a human resource nightmare.
New Year, New Outlook
Follow these steps and you will be well on your way to hiring the best calibre of candidate.
In our next blog post, we put ourselves in the employee’s shoes and consider the best action to take if you are unhappy at work. The answer may not be as obvious as you think.
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