Updated: Mar 13
“72% of companies state they have a difficult time finding skilled candidates for their vacancies” (Criterion 2018)
Hiring the right candidates to drive your business forward has always been a big challenge for employers.
This blog post breaks down The Career Agent’s 5 top tips on recruitment – allowing you to recruit more effectively and hire the right person!
1. Job specification
The first tip is about job specifications. Create an authentic and detailed job spec including your company’s selling points – why should candidates join you?
Think very carefully about the personality fit as well as the more traditional hard skills required. The more work you put into creating the ideal job spec – the more time, effort and money you will save on finding the right candidate.
If you are using Recruitment agencies, they thrive off accurate job specs so that they can focus their search on EXACTLY the right candidate.
Alternatively, for your online adverts – the right candidates are much more likely to apply if the job spec is accurate and professional.
An honest and authentic job spec also helps candidates to work out if they want the job before they apply, rather than finding that out at interview.
The Yellow states “how can you expect someone to do their job if you don’t explain their responsibilities to them properly?”
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2. Online advert & social media
Make the most of online recruitment resources like Indeed, LinkedIn and Glassdoor. Indeed has been great for my clients over the past 12 months, we have found some excellent candidates using them.
Using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is also a great source for finding candidates. Business West has found that a higher calibre of candidates can be found via social media, noting a 50% increase in candidate quality.
“For employers looking to hire millennials, ages 18-34, Twitter is by far the most effective platform. Twitter reported that up to 45 % of its entire user base was under the age of 30.” (Career Profiles)
In addition, 60% of candidates are using social media to research companies before applying for jobs. It is time to build your employer brand!
Also consider using your own personal social media networks. Post the job roles on your Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram - a friend or a mutual friend may recommend the perfect candidate for you.
Interviewing candidates effectively is a one of the biggest challenges that employers face, doing it wrong can take up precious time and effort.
Try to make the candidates feel as relaxed as possible, grilling candidates should be a thing of the past. With the results showing in the facts below!
“15% of candidates who had a positive hiring experience put more effort into the job!” (Office Vibe 2017)
“People who enjoy the candidate experiences are 38% more likely to accept a job offer.” (IBM, The Far-Reaching Impact of Candidate Experience, 2017)
When undertaking the interview, ask the candidates about themselves at the start of the interview.
· Tell me about yourself?
· What appeals to you about this job?
· What do you know about the company?
Many interviewers make the mistake of starting the interview by talking about the role for 10 minutes. The candidate should know what the role is already – and should be prepared to explain why it suits them.
If you talk about the role and company for the first ten minutes 10 minutes, you allow the candidates to just regurgitate what you have told them. They tell you what you want to hear.
Use open questions. This will help you learn the most about the candidate, including their values and interests.
5. Give potential a chance
Hire people with potential over experience, shift the paradigm!
We would recommend prioritising personality fit and passion, over qualifications.
The expression ‘where there’s a will there’s a way’ is a suitable one here.
Of course there is a balance to be struck here, but many of my clients have benefitted from giving candidates with great potential a chance.
Our recruitment services help candidates to hire more effectively.
Contact us today to discuss your hiring strategy and how we could help you.
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