Written by Guest Author | November 30, 2015
It’s why you turn to recruitment experts in the first place: not just to hire better people, but also to learn how to hire better people. The bottom line is, it’s hard to consistently recruit great people, so you need to take all of the sound advice that you can get.
Here are four of our favourite tips for recruiting better people.
1. Research the candidate pre-interview
At the very least, don’t interview a candidate before you have re-familiarised yourself with their CV.
As a bare minimum, this will help you to avoid any awkward moments. But it will also give you ideas of the positions, skills and experiences that you would like the candidate to elaborate about, which could also assist you in determining whether they are telling the truth about certain claims.
2. Ask your colleagues what they think
Given that your co-workers will also have to work with any new recruit, at the very least, you ought to ask them what kind of new staffer they think the team actually needs.
You might even go as far as getting a few of them to meet a particularly strong candidate in person – perhaps sitting in on the interview. It’s all worth it if you can better ensure that any new hire is the right fit.
3. Refrain from stupid questions
We’ve all been asked those daft, abstract interview questions and probably shook our heads afterwards, so why ask them of your own candidates unless you have a clear rationale for doing so?
Sure, such time-honoured posers as “What are your strengths?”, “What are your weaknesses?” and “Where do you see yourself in five years?” won’t win any prizes for originality, but they will probably give you more insightful answers than “What is your favourite Teletubby?”
4. Don’t stretch out the hiring process
Fair enough, so you shouldn’t necessarily just settle for the first half-decent candidate who turns up, certainly not when there could be someone infinitely better just around the corner.
However, if your recruitment process lingers beyond three months, you are almost certainly losing highly qualified candidates to rivals.
Consistently effective recruiting doesn’t need to be brain surgery – just the above four tips alone could make a massive difference to your chances of getting the right people on board.