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How to Hire the Best HR & Recruitment Team

Written by Kimberley Startup | March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

What distinguishes a successful company from an unsuccessful one is the quality of manpower – demonstrating the importance of the HR function.
HR is more than just simply processing payroll. Today it plays an essential and invaluable role in developing and streamlining a company’s recruitment strategy, as well as handling the employee-centred activities.
But when hiring your first HR & recruitment staff, what do you look for in the perfect employee?
HR & recruitment professionals can be particularly difficult to assess since the very least they can do is produce a decent CV and do a good job of interviewing.
Here are a few of the ways you can distinguish the top performers and hire the best HR & recruitment team.

Design a hiring strategy.

Because of the nature of HR professionals, you need to devise better ways to ensure that you get the most qualified people than the standard CV and interviews. You will be surprised at the caliber of applicants you receive when you cast a wider net.

Improve your interview questions.

HR professionals would have memorised all the standard interview questions asked by today’s employers, so there is no challenge there. Instead, pose a question to the applicant that would encourage them to think out of the box and come up with a detailed answer.

Listen to their answers.

When hiring a HR professional, you’re looking for personality traits in addition to educational and real-world experience. Look for things such as motivation, self-direction and communication skills. You’re looking for someone who understands people and possesses the traits you look for in your HR & recruitment team.

Hire from within.

Sometimes, the best HR & recruitment professionals are the people who already work for you. They already fit the company culture and get along with the team. It may even be more cost-effective to move someone up than hire for the position.
Selecting the right HR professional for this critical position involves time and effort. But by following these tips and identifying the right characteristics of the person who will perform that job, you’ll have a more efficient, successful and productive HR & recruitment team.



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