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4) Utilise your network

Believe it or not, but people that you already have working for you are your best resource when it comes to recruiting new staff. Chances are, that by encouraging your current employees to recommend candidates, you’ll recruit people who will fit in perfectly with your business. 

Start by letting your employees know that you’re hiring for a position. Given the popularity of professional social networks like LinkedIn, and even Facebook, your next hire could be just one person away!

If you haven’t had chance to implement a referral system in your own workplace, you could always use an existing one. 

By posting jobs and asking your professional network (use LinkedIn to your advantage here!) to recommend candidates, you are much more likely to receive a quality referral. Incentives really can work wonders.

5) Test their talents

While we encourage you to keep the interviewing and hiring process as simple as possible, you want to be sure that the person you like can do the job properly. 

Set them a simple task or two to complete following the face-to-face interview so you can gauge their talents properly, giving you the chance to learn about their personality and put their skills to the test.

Whether they are successful or not, always get back to your candidates, especially if you are asked them to complete tasks. There’s nothing more disheartening than attending a job interview and never hearing back. 

Give them constructive feedback on how they can do better to keep the relationship as amicable as possible. You never know, they could give you an incredible referral!

When it comes to recruiting, the ideas are endless and there is no limit to how creative you can be. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and toss the traditional methods out of the window; it’ll be worth it for your business in the long run. 

No matter what job you are recruiting for, the perfect candidate will always be out there – you just have to find them!

Marc Wareing is the owner of RecruitMyBuddy.co.uk.

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