HOW TO HIRE THE BEST CANDIDATES
Some 67 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises have struggled to secure the best people for their business, thus facing a shortage of suitable skilled and experienced professionals which can restrict their growth.* With the competition to hire QUALITY PEOPLE at its peak, we wanted to share our top tips for how to get it right.
PLAN YOUR TIME (AND OTHERS)
Time is of the essence – when do you need this person to start? We often hear, “yesterday”, “ASAP”, “NOW”. If this is the case, then commit to the recruitment and interview process so you don’t miss the top talent out there.
Make time in your diary for interviews, think about who else needs to be involved in the process so that you can plan accordingly. There is no point having a first interview two weeks after you have selected who you want to see – the good candidates will be gone!
ENGAGE A REPUTABLE AGENCY TO RECRUIT THE RIGHT TALENT FOR YOUR ROLE AND BUSINESS
A good agency will know, already have met and pre-interviewed their candidates. They will be clear on what they want and what stage they are at with their job search, along with what their availability is and notice period too.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
Book the meeting room! Be prepared with measurable questions at interview. Discuss salary and benefits so that the candidate can see the total package from the off.
Show them the office environment and who they will be working with.
Plan this in from the start. Know that you can get back to candidates because the job has been approved, the salary signed off and the decisions can be made.
Always give positive and constructive feedback to all applicants but also ask for their feedback. In a recent REC survey, 80% candidates said they were not asked for feedback.
A PROBLEM SHARED
Check with other team members/departments to see if they are hiring or whether there are other needs in your business. If you see more than one great person, you may want to hire them too!
Have the edge on the competition If you can’t hire all the good people straight away make sure you build a solid relationship with your agency so that they are proactively looking for the people who they know will add value to your business.
“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
“I would like to thank you for your professional service to assist my company in the recruitment of a new member of the team. Your service was greatly appreciated, well explained and professionally conducted.”
Select Client – Google Review – Select Appointments Harrow
Looked After Very Well
“Select were pro-active in finding me temporary work and, as a result of one of their short-term assignments, I was called back by the same company for five weeks and then offered a six-month contract by that company. I was looked after very well by Select, administratively and in finding me work, and I am most grateful for their efforts on my behalf.”
Select Job Seeker
Bent Over Backwards
“I felt that Select bent over backwards to ensure that our vacancy was filled by the most suitable person; thank you!”
I Absolutely Love My Job
“I just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks to you and your team. I absolutely love my job and have now been made a permanent member of staff because it was such a great match to my skills. I am so glad that I came into your agency!”
Select Job Seeker
Cannot Thank Him Enough
“I am very thankful for what Select have done for me. At first, I was getting no interviews and literally no hope for any jobs. I applied to Select for an advertised job, which was in my area of expertise and my Consultant thought I was highly suitable for this job and he gave me a chance, so he put me forward. He sorted out all the interviews, communicated well with me and never left me out of sync. I cannot thank him enough for the high standard of customer service and perseverance to get me the job that I am in now!”
Select Job Seeker
Completely Understand Our Requirements
“We have been extremely happy with the service Select has given us. Our Consultant seemed to completely understand our requirements and saved us a huge amount of time putting forward the right people for our vacancies. We will definitely be using Select again!”
Changed My Life
“I am so happy you have no idea! You have helped change my life and I can now start a fresh and long lasting career. I cannot thank you enough for considering, helping and guiding me all the way through.
I will certainly be recommending you and Select recruitment to anyone I know. Thank you for everything!”
Select Job Seeker