The process of recruitment can often be much longer and more complicated than expected. Particularly for small businesses that are just beginning to think about taking on new employees. However, there are a few simple steps to ensure that the whole process is as easy and straight-forward as possible. Not yet got a recruitment process in place? If you’re thinking about employing new staff in the near future, then you may want to put some time aside to create one. Then use the following tips to refine your process so that you are prepared for recruitment when the time comes.
Determine What You Are Looking For
Your first step in recruitment needs to begin with identifying the type of candidate you are looking to employ and the skills that you want them to have. You won’t be able to create an accurate job advert or attract the appropriate candidates if you haven’t determined what you’re looking for. Sit down and write a list of everything that you’re looking for. Not just in terms of skills and experience, but also the type of behaviour you are looking for in an employee is important too. You want to make sure that your employees are going to share your passion and enthusiasm for your business. Behaviour can be a huge indicator on whether or not a candidate is right for you and your business.
Write an Engaging Advert
So you’ve determined the type of candidate you are looking for. Now it’s time to write the perfect advert that is going to attract your ideal employee. Do some research beforehand and see what sort of adverts are out there already. You want to make sure that your adverts are clear and detail exactly what you’re looking for. Make sure that they to stand out from the rest and attract the right type of candidate that you’re looking for. Candidates aren’t just looking for any old job that helps them to pay the bills. They want a job that is going to give them a career, and a company that is willing to offer them just that. Remember to include details of any incentives that you offer and not just the salary too.
Distribute your Advert Appropriately
It’s a good idea to do some research and find out where the best places are to advertise the vacancy. Make sure that you’re getting as much valuable attention as possible, so picking the right advertising platform is essential. Using multiple platforms is another great way to get your advert noticed by as many potential candidates as possible. Once you have determined the best places to publish your job advert, it’s equally as important that you are publishing it the right time. Consider the applicants you are looking for and determine when they will be searching. If potential candidates are already working the 9-5, then advertising your vacancy on a Friday evening and during the weekend may be the most suitable option. Particularly if you are paying for a recruitment platform to advertise the vacancy for you.
Define an Application Process
You may find that you are flooded with a lot more applications than you initially anticipated which can become overwhelming. Particularly if you are a small business. Start by defining a process for handling all of your applications. Determine how you will screen applicants and a process for the interview stage. Creating an applicant folder is a great way to keep yourself organised. Use this folder to determine which applicants you are inviting for an interview, and which ones have been unsuccessful. One of our biggest tips, is to make sure that you aren’t just ignoring your unsuccessful applicants. A simple email to let them know that you won’t be taking their application any further means that applicants waiting for a response. They will appreciate that you took the time to let them know. Once you have your list of potential candidates coming in for an interview, you can continue to use your folder to filter the applications even further into successful and unsuccessful interviews.
Hopefully, these tips will give you a good idea of recruitment processes. Particularly if you are running a small business and you don’t have much experience with recruiting staff. Solidifying a process now will be of huge benefit to you in the future, and will ensure that you will attract the right sort of candidates that you are looking for. Recruitment doesn’t have to be daunting, and these top tips will hopefully set you up for success and inspire you to be an effective recruiter when the time comes to expand your team.
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