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Kick start 2018 with a good recruitment and selection plan.

It’s a new year, so I bet you have already set some business goals that you would like to achieve in 2018 and beyond. If expansion is on your list, then you are probably considering adding members to your team. Finding the perfect person for your team isn’t always easy. Recruitment can be a tricky process, so here are some things to consider before you go ahead and sign on the dotted line.

Consider the team environment: If you have fostered an environment where people want to work, have a good atmosphere, respect your staff and have an open-door policy when to comes to making yourself available to staff, then you are probably in a good space to attract and retain your new recruit(s).

Be clear on the role you are recruiting for: Make sure you know exactly what the job will entail before recruiting. If you are vague on the details of the position, then it will be hard to find the right person.

Shortlisting:  If you are overwhelmed with applicants, conducting phone interviews can be a good way to drill down to the most suitable candidates to put through to the next stage of the recruitment process.  This is a great way to cut down on the number of face to face interviews, saving both hiring manager and candidates time.

Take your time when interviewing: Interviewing is not a process to be taken lightly. It is your best chance to find out more about your candidates. Make sure your interview style is structured and consistent. Be objective and involve other people in the process, the hiring manager should not make the final decision alone.

Use all tools available to you: We live in a digital age where our lives are broadcasted through social media. Before adding someone to your team, Google their name and see what comes up. You might be surprised by the results!

Reference Checks are vital: Make sure you complete reference checks for every short-listed candidate. Past employers have worked with the candidate before, so will be able to share insights around the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.

Know the next steps: Have an on-boarding process in place before you hire a new team member. It will allow them to settle into the role, instantly feel part of the team and you will not waste precious time scrambling for a training plan.

Your employee’s impression of your business starts with how they were treated during the recruitment and selection process.  In today’s candidate short market, nailing your recruitment will ensure that you have the right people to take your business into 2018.

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