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A Small Company Guide To Recruitment

If you’re a small company about to embark on a recruiting campaign, your resources might not stretch as far as you’d like.

Whether you’re organising shop floor to financial recruitment, it’s tough to find candidates of a high enough quality. Small companies often recruit from the same old avenues of local press and job boards, and end up with mediocre results.

So how can the whole process be tweaked to stand the best chance of recruiting the perfect candidate for your new position?

Picture Your Ideal Candidate

What kind of experience and knowledge would your perfect candidate bring to your organisation? You’re going to need to be honest with yourself here too: Why would a candidate want to work at your company? Does your own passion shine through?

Properly Prepare The Interview

Test a candidate’s motivation as well as their skills and experience with a more evidence-based interview technique. You need to be able to check any verbal references at the interview stage too. Don’t leave it until after the candidate has been selected.

Your staff need to be briefed: Make sure everyone that’s involved in the process is properly informed and happy with what’s going on.

Have You Described The Position Properly?

Your job listing needs to be clear and concise, and you should have a strong sense of

the roles and responsibilities that the position will entail. Be clear about salary and time commitments. You’ll waste your own time, as well as the candidate’s, if you haven’t really thought about what kinds of terms and conditions you’ll be offering.

Prepare Information For The Candidate

A simple “press pack” style brochure will help a candidate understand your company. Include a mission statement and some short biographies of key staff members. It’s important for a candidate to understand what your organisation is striving to achieve.

Advertise Everywhere

Your job advertisement needs to be distributed everywhere! Think social media, your own website, and in the company newsletter if you have one. Think carefully about where the candidates for this position are likely to see an advert. Make your copy powerful and creative.

Use a Recruitment Company

A professional recruitment firm will be able to match your candidate requirements with a huge database of potential leads. Make sure you employ a trusted firm with a proven track record. Small businesses might see a recruiter as an unnecessary expense, but in the long run, it might save you thousands of pounds in research time.

When A Candidate Becomes An Employee

It’s vitally important to make a new employee feel at home. Starting a new job can be a traumatic experience, and your existing staff also need time to bond as a team.

A good induction course can help the transition flow more smoothly. Think about including the company mission, plans for the future, as well as the minutes from the last few important meetings.

A strong team of employees that share a good working relationship and can relate to your company’s vision will make time spent recruiting rewarding and worthwhile.