Having a great team behind your company helps it to thrive, even in the current economic climate. While this climate means there are likely to be more potential candidates out there, this should not make you complacent – after all it is quality not quantity that is important. To grow a happy and productive team you’ll need to reach the best people and ensure your business is one they’ll want to join.
Before you begin your recruitment drive, you’ll need to consider your brand. Ensure you use your website and social media channels to be positive and proactive. All of your online profiles should be consistent, informative and clear with a well presented message throughout.
If your company has a blog, make sure it is regularly updated. Job seekers these days are proactive in their search and often check out all facets of potential employers. Use social networking sites like Twitter or LinkedIn to engage with key players in the industry and higher education establishments.
A recent survey revealed that 92% of employers either use or plan to use social media as part of their recruitment drive. To keep up with the industry, ensure you are utilising professional networking sites like LinkedIn where you can view candidates’ job history and skill set.
When it comes to interviewing potential candidates, ensure you follow the same format for every candidate to keep it fair. Try to maintain a clear structure and consider different techniques according to the job role. If you are planning on hiring multiple team members you may want to try role-play scenarios or ask them to work together to present an idea. These methods are great for gaining an insight into people’s ability to work together under pressure.
It is also worth remembering that you need to prepare for the interview too. Make sure you collate all the information you need regarding training, career progression and future opportunities. While you shouldn’t need to sell the role to the right candidate, you need to let them know the benefits of working for you.
Hiring the right people leads to staff retention and a happier working environment, so try not to feel rushed during your recruitment drive. Wait for the right candidates to step forward and take the time in the interview to show each other what you have to offer.
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