In the current economic climate, it is true that employers are at an advantage. Those with openings for new staff have a great many talented individuals to choose from, as experienced workers are made redundant and new graduates enter a job market where supply outstrips demand.
However, this increased choice is a double-edged sword. Often, businesses will be forced to choose between a huge number of highly capable candidates. Follow the tips in this article to help you narrow down your search for a new employee.
Fine Tune Your Adverts
Usually, prospective workers will first encounter your business when they stumble across your job advert. Firstly, is your ad easy to find? The growth of the internet has had a marked impact on job recruitment, from the spread of online recruitment agencies to the ever-increasing use of job boards by the employers and employees alike. Make sure that your advert uses the right keywords – put the job title in the heading, and make sure that the body of the advert makes reference to type of position you are advertising and the relevant skills. This will mean that job seekers who perform a search with their main skill as a keyword will find your ad. Secondly, what does your ad say about your business? Do not assume that candidates are desperate and that they will apply for any suitable open position. Your advert should sell your company, making clear that it is a great place to work.
Create a CV-Filtering System
It is likely that you will receive scores of applications for every opening. In order to effectively sift through for the best candidates, set some rules. For example, you could immediately discard any CV with spelling errors, or from job seekers without a degree or experience in the field. One of the reasons that online recruiting has become more popular is that this filtering process becomes much easier. Once you have judged all applicants on the basis of their CV, move on to covering letters. Ask yourself whether each candidate fits with your company’s ethos. If not, put their application to one side. Remember, you have plenty of choice.
Devise an Effective Interview System
The interview is the crux of any recruitment drive. It is an opportunity to meet with the candidate face-to-face and judge whether or not they have the requisite drive and skillset. For the candidate, it is an opportunity to show off their best features and observe for themselves the way that your business works. Make sure that your questions are sufficiently open, allowing applicants to fully explain their suitability for the position. You should also standardize your questions, so that all candidates may be compared easily. Pay attention to the venue, too – the size of the room and the types of furniture can either give an impression of friendliness and relative equality, or be an intimidating power play.
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