Help Us to Help You Recruit
Since our previous blog in which we discussed the UK-wide shortage of available candidates and the lowest unemployment rate for ten years of 4.2%, we have had a lot of questions about how employers can maximise their visibility to potential candidates.
With a new survey (conducted by CareerBuilder, an online employment website) stating that 86% of qualified candidates are satisfied with their role and are not looking for new jobs, this really is an important question to ask. In such a candidate driven marketplace, every employer really needs to create an appealing working environment for potential employees.
So, we have compiled a handy guide on how you can make recruiting in your business easier:
Monitor and Update your Online Presence
Candidates will search your website and look at reviews of your services before going to interview or applying.
According to research by Careerbuilder:
- 55% of jobseekers would abandon an application on seeing negative reviews of the company
- 84% of job seekers say a reputation of a company is very important
- 50% of candidates wouldn’t consider applying for a company with a bad reputation, even if the role pays more.
So, monitor relevant review websites like Glassdoor, Google Reviews, Tripadvisor etc. and make sure you address both good and bad reviews. Less than half of all employers do this.
Take Time Writing a Good Brief
Recruiters are experts at writing job adverts, but to ensure that they cover all of the relevant areas you should communicate a proper brief to them.
In the brief, focus on the opportunity your company presents to a potential employee and get across your unique company culture, as well as giving it a title that plenty of people are likely to search, whilst still maintaining its relevance.
Make the Interview Process Candidate Focussed
Consult your recruiter about the interview process – they will know the industry standard format and the types of candidates you will be attracting. Think through your interview process to ensure you understand what you want to know about the candidate. Balance the interview between discovering the candidate’s suitability for the role, and the future journey of the company/role.
Try to phrase your questions carefully, to maintain candidate centricity. For example, instead of asking ‘What will you bring to the company?’ try asking ‘What would you like to achieve in this role?’.
Also, make the whole interview process realistic. 1 to 2 stages that are in-depth will prove much more effective than numerous short stages. The longer the interview process, the more likely the candidate is to drop out.
Research the Role
This may sound ridiculous, but if you don’t research local companies offering the same role and their rates, you won’t be able to offer a competitive salary, which will price you out of finding a capable candidate. Also, consult your recruiter, who will be dealing with similar companies with similar positions – they will know what the market is currently doing.
Avoid the Struggle, Involve your Recruiter
Almost all cloud-based talent acquisition and campaign management systems cost money. So, the most effective way of getting your job advert out there is to contact a recruiter. Not only will you get the benefit of their systems, but also their expertise.
Select Appointments have been recruiting for over 35 years and have invested during this time in state-of-the-art technologies and the best recruitment consultants in the industry, all with relevant in-industry experience. As REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) members we keep up to date with the latest trends in the industry and operate at the highest levels of compliance.
If you are looking to recruit, or are looking for a new opportunity, please don’t hesistate to get in touch with your local office.
“Caroline and her team took the time to listen to and fully understand our requirements. They demonstrated their understanding by presenting us with a short list of candidates all of whom could have filled the post. Thoroughly recommended for their fantastic service, thank you.”
Select Client – Google Review – Select Appointments St Albans
Second to None
“I have worked with and for ‘Select Appointments’ since Aug 1st 2017. I have nothing but absolute praise for the care and attention I have received whilst working under their ‘umbrella’. The interaction and provision of work, remuneration and holiday entitlement is in my opinion second to none, I would certainly recommend the agency to anyone with full and utmost confidence.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Norwich
Best agency in Cambridge
“Select Cambridge is an excellent agency specialised in offering jobs in the Hospitality sector. The quantity and quality offered make it the best agency in Cambridge. Personally, I have had the opportunity to work with […] an excellent consultant, attentive to the details and needs of her employees. I highly recommend it for those who are considering joining this sector.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Hospitality Cambridge
They Invest the Time
“I have worked with the Select team on both assisting me recruit as a customer and more recently as a candidate. Having first worked with Select on a couple of recruitment projects with great success she was my first call when I needed assistance with my own career move.
For me the difference with Select is that they invest the time to understand your requirements both as a business customer and as a candidate and match you to the right people or positions. Unlike a lot of Recruitment companies the communication is strong from the Select team with regular updates and you never feel like just another candidate in a drawer. Dedication, passion, professionalism and commitment are the qualities that set them apart from the rest and I cannot rate the Select team more highly.”
Select Client & Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Lowestoft
Very Supportive Team
“I worked with the very supportive team from Select. He rang just before every appointment I had with my new employers to offer advice and support. He was also on the end of the phone when I asked for advice about my current position. Needless to say, I was offered the job I was recruited for and had a very good experience with Select.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Hospitality Peterborough
Able to Get Results
“Select have been absolutely amazing from the get go. I haven’t had any problems with finding a job, pay or communication. The team found me a new job within 1 week and another job after the contract ended on that one.
I would heavily recommend this company as not only are the staff so friendly, they are able to get the results that you want from employment. After years of working with other agencies and having many problems, Select come out on top and will be using them in the future. I found an amazing job and was so sad to leave it as I have continued my journey at university.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Chelmsford
Lovely Agency to Temp With
“Lovely agency to Temp with. Always there for advice and respond quickly to any queries I have had over the last couple of months. I would like to thank the team for the incredible service they have provided me, very professional and they really care about their work.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Oxford
Cannot Recommend Them Enough
“Select Appointments are an AMAZING agency!
My consultant believed in me and saw my strengths. He gave me back my work confidence then found me my dream job. Nothing is too much trouble. The team are with you every step of the way ensuring that you are well prepared. I cannot recommend Select highly enough.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Northampton
“Probably the very first agency that provided amazing customer experience to me. Staff are very professional and friendly to the point where they have managed to find something that suits me in the first 30 minutes of walking in for the first time. Paperwork isn’t as burdensome as in other recruitment agencies which is a big plus. I got an impression of genuine care from them due to the fact that they were always in contact with me and whenever I had an enquiry they responded asap.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Lincoln
Dedication is Abundantly Clear
“I am an IT Engineer specialising in Apple systems. Over the course of 1 year I entertained many recruiters claiming their understanding and ability in finding a position that suited my expertise.
Chris Lo is the 1st (& only) recruiter in my experience that not only dedicated & understood my goals, but also had the technical education to fully understand my abilities and provide appropriate prospects. This lead to my current position with a company & group of people I want to stay with indefinitely.
Chris’s dedication is abundantly clear; extremely communicative and driven nature, exemplifies his passion and character.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Croydon