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
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