As you are establishing your business, whatever its size, chances are you will need to recruit employees for a variety of roles – and unlike other elements of a start-up, this is one task that will never disappear. Over the years, you will find yourself needing to recruit and hire a number of people, whether because of staff turnover, business growth, or a host of other reasons. Now, the employees of a company can make or break it.
These people will affect the profit, reputation, and working atmosphere of your business – so it’s important you get this right. There are obviously going to be certain requirements for each role, but how can you make sure you recruit the best people to fit your company and help it thrive?
Offer Clear Parameters
When you are releasing a job advert, it’s vital that you present the job requirements as clearly, simply, and accurately as possible. The last thing you want is to receive hundreds (if not thousands) of unsuitable applicants, so make sure you’re not setting yourself up for a fall. Bullet points are always helpful, as is brevity. Jobhunters may not have the time to wade through pages of text, so explain who you looking to hire concisely.
Spread the Net or Narrow the Search
If you want to find the perfect candidates, you’ll need to know where to look. You can do this by spreading the net widely across several online platforms, although you may then become inundated, which is not helpful. You could also work directly with a specific recruiting service, such as Hanover Search, to find suitable candidates. Processes like these can help you find needles in haystacks, and ensure all those you interview come pre-vetted, qualified, and able to perform the job
Work with HR
If you don’t yet have an HR department, and you’re looking to have a recruitment drive, now might be the time to expand. HR departments’ primary job is to look after the administration of employees and potential employees. Even if your department consists of one person, having a dedicated arm to search for, narrow down, and identify candidates is an invaluable asset. It will help you to find higher quality interviewees and lead to better hires overall.
The interview is the most important part of the hiring process. This is where you get to meet the person themselves, not just their CV. You can find out how they behave, what their priorities are, whether they are going to be a reliable person. These traits are often underestimated, but they are without a doubt some of the major factors to a successful hire. Tailor your interview questions to find out exactly what you want to know about someone before you start working with them.
Make Yourself Attractive
No, we’re not talking about haircuts and wearing your best clothes. Making yourself attractive means making sure you’re offering candidates a fair, reasonable package for the work they’ll be expected to do, including holidays, healthcare, benefits, or other perks. If your company is a pleasant place to work, and employees feel valued, you will attract far more qualified and talented people to work for you – and retain them, too.