The recruitment process can be incredibly time-consuming. The good news is that nearly every recruitment drive can be broken down into some steps, many of of which you will be familiar with already.
The key to getting what you want? Knowing what you are looking for. That's where good planning comes in. Ensuring you have an in-depth understanding of the role you are hiring for will make the rest of the recruitment process easier and faster, since you'll quickly be able to determine who has the experience required to successfully fulfill the role. It also ensures candidates have a clear purpose and planned goals for the position when they join, removing any ambiguity on where they fit within wider business objectives.
They will be one of the first things jobseekers read when they find your job vacancy. Attracting the right applicants during the recruitment process is largely about getting these two documents right, so it's worth spending time on them before moving to the next recruitment steps.
For decades companies have focussed on the job and not the person. It is vital that you hire people who share your company's values and fit your culture. The person spec is where this starts.
Good candidates should quickly and clearly highlight how their experience aligns with the available role. So revisit your job description and person specification for a reminder of what you are looking for. Don't feel bad about scan-reading applications. The onus is on your applicants to prove their suitability as quickly as possible. And, trust us, after reading 100 CVs you'll be able to spot the standout candidates a mile off. Take a deep breath and dive in.
No matter how well you crafted your job description and person specification, you will always receive wildcards. And they shouldn't always be discredited. Sometimes judicious flexibility can pay off.
The key moment giving you invaluable contact time with your candidates is the interview stage. Good preparation is key to getting the most out of the conversation. Enter knowing what talking points are most important to cover, including highlights from their CV or application, and of course key requisites for the role. We are also witnessing the rapid transformation of the interview process through new video technologies.
Candidates expectations are advancing just as any consumer, with higher desire for convenient, mobile experiences with a seamless transition between digital and physical interactions with a brand. It's worth exploring how new tools and technologies can enhance your candidate experience throughout the process. If you're not sure where to start, speak with one of our consultants.