This post was written in 2015. A lot has changed since then. Consequently, recruiters have had to adapt their working practices in order to attract the best candidates. Therefore, the hiring advice we might offer now is very different than it would have been five years ago. So, if you’re looking for more up to date hiring advice, you might like our more recent post: Recruitment Advice for Employers in 2020.
In January 2015, figures from Eurostat showed that 11,000 people were returning to work in the UK each week. Of course, it’s fantastic news that the employment rate is returning to pre-recession levels. The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith even said Britain’s job creation was “the envy of Europe.”
Employment might be on the rise but how do employers ensure they get the right candidate for the job?
Take a Look at the Following Five Tips for Healthier Hiring:
1 – Be crystal clear about the job spec and qualifications/experience required
Communicate what the job is and its requirements with applicants from the offset. Your job advert should portray exactly what the role is and what experience it will require to deliver the job. This will help ensure you get the right criteria of candidates applying. Consequently, this will reduce the chances of hiring the wrong person.
2 – Seek professional hiring advice
Recruiting is a time-consuming and demanding task, particularly if you want to ‘get in right’ first time. Getting a professional recruitment company to take care of your recruitment needs will free up valuable time. Professional employment consultants are also proficient in weeding out less suitable candidates and finding the right ones.
3 – Use application forms
Some recruiters love them, so loathe them, but we have to admit, application forms do have their advantages. Getting potential employees to fill out a standardised form helps employers compare candidates more quickly.
4 – Pre-screen candidates
Pre-screening candidates is a valuable way to save time in wasted interviews.
Once you have screened your CVs or application forms, don’t jump straight into inviting those candidates to interview. Instead, conduct a pre-screening stage. Ask each shortlisted candidate the same uniform questions. These can be related to different aspects such as salary expectations, availability and their expectations from the role.
This simple process will give you a much clearer picture of your shortlisted candidates. It will also make it clearer, which ones you want to call for an interview. Again, an experienced recruitment agency will be able to conduct efficient pre-screening processes for you.
5 – Always ask for references
It might sound obvious but it is not uncommon for employers to employ a candidate without asking for references. 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 glimpses of a candidate’s work ethic and habits. Most importantly, this information comes from someone who has had the experience of working with the candidate.
Forget to ask for references and you are throwing away a crucial opportunity. It will enable you to gather hindsight as to whether the person you are thinking of hiring is likely to make a competent team member.
Follow these few simple steps and you will be well on your way to hiring the best calibre of candidate.