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A checklist for hiring HR staff

Written by Kimberley Startup | June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
InterviewerHR recruitment is a tricky one to assess. Not just because HR personnel can produce a decent CV and do a good job of interviewing, but they also know the hiring secrets & have access to recruitment insights, such as salaries and what constitutes a great place to work.
With many looking to the quality of manpower when distinguishing one company from the next, it’s of upmost importance to effectively attract great HR staff to your organisation.


Over time, HR has become more than just recruitment and processing payroll. Today, HR plays an invaluable role in handling employee-centred activities and developing employer branding in addition to everything else.
As a result, when looking to recruit HR staff, you’re looking for more than just qualifications and experience. You’re also looking for someone who honours your company values and gets what your culture is all about in order to help you grow.

So what are the recruitment best practices for hiring HR staff?

If you’re responsible for HR recruitment, follow this checklist to help you distinguish the top performers and hire the best HR staff.
1. Take the time to carefully craft a job description identifying what they position entails. Include a summary of what the job will involve and a list of typical duties, as well as the desired skills and behavioural characteristics you look for in your perfect hire.
2. Determine compensation. Ensure your salary is fair and reflects the current market rates. There are plenty of resources online to help you determine a premium salary for your HR roles.
Alternatively, you can download Webrecruit’s free HR salary checker by clicking on the button below.

3. Improve your interview questions. Most HR professionals would have memorised all the standard interview questions asked by today’s employers.
To help combat this, pose a question to the applicant that encourages them to think out of the box and come up with a detailed answer.
4. Listen carefully to their responses. You’re looking for someone who understands people and possesses the personality traits you desire, in addition to education and work experience. Listen out for things such as communication skills and motivation.
5. Consider hiring from within. Sometimes, the best HR personnel are those who already work for you. After all, they already know the business, fit in with the company culture and get along with the team.
If you’re on a budget as well, recruiting internally is a cost-effective way of filling a vacancy rather than hiring externally for the position.
6. Have a plan for on-boarding. Ensure your new employee is up-to-speed and adding value to the business as soon as possible by implementing an on-boarding programme.
Make it a priority to schedule face-to-face time with your new HR recruit to see how they’re getting along. Aim to schedule regular 1-2-1s to give your new hire the opportunity to ask any questions.
HR recruitment is a critical activity for any large organisation. As such, it requires a bit of extra attention and understanding if you want to hire the best.
If you’re looking for help with your HR recruitment, Webrecruit has had great success sourcing and attracting HR professionals for some of the UK’s leading employers. If you’d like to find out more, call us on 01392 823137 or request more information.

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