Without doubt, recruiting staff can be one of the most make or break processes within a business, regardless of the size. For smaller companies, the difference a single member of staff can make can be colossal. This puts a lot of pressure on the people doing the recruiting to find the right employee. There are lots of sites offering recruitment tips & advice so here are a few of the top tips in one place.
Importance of background
There is plenty of background information and resources online to help you find out a little about a potential employee, within the rules and without discriminating against them. In fact, you can get more details about background checks online so you can ensure the checks you run are legal and correct.
Sometimes the complexity of the system puts businesses off – making background checks just seem too complicated. But they can highlight problems that can have a huge impact on your decision to employ someone or not.
Using the information you find out
You also need to understand the information you are getting. For example, some businesses run a credit check on candidates. But a poor credit history isn’t always an indication of a poor candidate. For example, they may have a low rating due to their former employer going out of business, through no fault of their own, and leaving them in financial difficulties. You can always point them in the direction of some advice to help them improve their credit score.
Study the CV
Most employees known that a well crafted CV is crucial in getting a job and will tailor their CV for the position in question. There’s nothing wrong with that but watch out for the obvious clichés on CVs where people are simply saying what they think you want to hear, rather than highlighting the relevant areas of their skills or experience. Don’t be fooled by a good looking CV that seems to say all the right things – delve a little deeper to ensure they really can do what they say they can.
Hunt around for recruitment agencies
There are obvious costs to consider when hiring employees and this starts with the fees from the recruitment agency you use. Hunt around for the best package, though this may not always be the cheapest one. Look at the company’s successful rate in the long term, rather than just their rate of placing people in the job. Do those employees stay with the company for six months? A year or two? Or are they in and out, a tick in a box with no hope of being a long term benefit to the company.
Have firm processes in place
If you employ people for short periods of time, whether for a specific project or for a seasonal influx in work, make sure your current process is solid. This helps you find the right people quickly and for the roles you need without finding, half way through the period, that the person isn’t competent or won’t last the contract. Have firm processes in place based on what works and don’t change them for anything.