Five top tips to recruit the best candidates

With a talented, professional and motivated team on board, your business is bound to go far in the world. But finding a good quality of candidate that not only meets your job requirements and also fits in well with your business can sometimes feel like navigating a minefield. 

To help you on your way, here are five top tips for attracting and recruiting the very best people out there. Read on!

1) Look beyond the CV

No matter how much detail a CV carries, it will never tell you about the person who wrote it. If you like what they’ve written on paper, kick things off with a phone call to find out more about them. Use a concise set of questions that will help you gain a clearer picture of whether they would be good for the job, but also delve a little deeper.

Ask questions about what they do outside of work, and the extra curricular activities they have undertaken. While they may be able to do the work well you want to learn about who they are, so make an effort to discover more about the candidate’s personality. 

Social media websites like Facebook and Twitter can provide you with a little window into their outside lives, and can often reveal whether someone would be the perfect fit.

2) Be worth working for

There will always be someone ready to fill a position you are recruiting for. But if you’re looking for a candidate who will stay in the role for the long term, think about the workplace you are bringing them into. Your employees spend eight to 10 hours a day at work, so it’s up to you to make their time there as enjoyable as possible.

By putting time and effort into creating an enjoyable workplace, you will naturally start to attract the right kind of candidates. People want to work for companies that have a stellar reputation. 

Play to your strengths and use your current employees to fix areas where you may be lacking. Build a great workplace, and the great candidates will come.

3) Get the team involved

It should never just fall on one person to bring in top talent; as many people as possible should be involved. Whilst managers should feel responsible for building up the team, it’s often easy to forget that others will have to work with this new person. Granted, it isn’t practical to have five or six people all sitting in one interview (think of the pressure!) but at the very least a summary should be delivered to the team as a whole along with allowing others a sneak peek at their CV.

Not only does this help to give you a better idea of whether this new hire would fit in well with the rest of the team, it also shows your existing members just how much you value their opinion. And it demonstrates to those above you that you truly care about the future of the business.

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