Recruitment Advice

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We do hope you will find it helpful and share it with your colleagues, friends or maybe even with your family. We came up with a simple version of the whole Recruitment Process in order to help you save time and let’s face it – money. ….Everywhere you look, sure you will find some guidance, but not a free one and not a quality one, that’s for sure. Let’s face it, most of them are for the jobseekers.

But what about the employer? Shouldn't he/she have access to some guidance? Well yes we think so. Below you can find 6 simple steps of the Recruitment Process.

Sounds simple huh?

Let me just give you some extra information regarding those steps.

STEP 1 - What the job Requires

First things first... You have an empty spot in your Company. Not only that you need to fill it as quickly as possible, but you need an employee that will fit in your Company, in your team; an employee that will be an excellent asset to your firm and will bring great value.

Usually to achieve those requirements it takes a while, or does it?

Well, luckily you have us on your side to help you skip some nerves. We are here to tell you exactly what to do and when to do it.

To fill the vacancy in your Company you need to sketch out a little bit about the role. What would you look for in a candidate? Do you have in mind any specific skills, experience or maybe qualifications? Just write them down for now.

What about responsibilities? Do you know what the job requires in order for you to know what to ask and look for?

STEP 2 - Create Job Advert

If you want to see a template or some tips of a Job Description you can visit Posting Jobs category. There you can find a whole section dedicated to this subject.

STEP 3 - Advertise Job & Search CVs

The Job advert is ready? Great! Let's go to the next step, advertise it.

How, you ask? Well, it's quite simple; you don't need to stress out. With all this modern technology it is so simple nowadays. You can complicate your life and try to add them in papers or magazines, but I think posting the job or searching for CVs on APPLY4U will have much more success. Try it!

Even if you just uploaded your advert or searched for CVs the process afterwards is the same. Make a list of candidates, try to prioritize them, see which ones are really worth your time and energy.

STEP 4 - Shortlist Candidates…

You've got hundreds of responses didn't you? Told you!

Now comes a part of the process that needs patience and focus. Don't get me wrong don't waste 10 minutes to evaluate a CV. Just look at the essential things. Our experts rank CVs within 20 seconds...

Remember at the beginning I asked you to write down some key skills about what you're looking for in a candidate? Well just search for them in CV's.

If the CV comes across like a pretty good one, just mark them as suitable, if you're not so sure maybe suitable and don't forget about the unsuitable ones.

Done? Ok, take a look at the suitable candidates. Look thru the CV's again. Make a list starting with the best and work your way down. Now you have your shortlisted candidates. See it wasn't that hard.

STEP 5 - Interview Candidates

Take that shortlisted candidates and start calling, invite them down for an interview, a little chat let's say, especially about them!

Establish a day or two for interviews. This way you can have a fresh recollection of each candidate and you can compare how they presented themselves, they're answers, experience and so on.

It's much easier when you just take a look over the notes you took about each candidate and remember exactly how the interview went, when you have a fresh memory about them.

Interviewing candidates can sometimes have a down side. You might come across some people that you just don't like. In this case don't waste time. Just let them talk for a few minutes, give them advice and guidance and then just show them the door.

It can sound harsh, but that's life. We live in a world where time is the most expensive, as you can't buy it, exchange it or rewind it.

If you need any help with how to interview candidates just visit our Interviewing page. There you can find some interview questions and tips or use our Professional Screening & Interviewing Services.

STEP 6 - Successful Candidate Hired ...

After your interviews you need to have some peace and quiet to think. Which one of them came across to you as the best? Who fits into your team and business the best?

If you still have doubts between 2 or 5 candidates ask them for a second / third interview, trial days or maybe ask them to do a presentation or to meet some else from your company.

It will make your decision process a lot easier. The next and final step is to choose your employee and you're done!

Recruitment Tips & Interview Techniques

Welcome to our Recruitment Tips section. Here you can find some interesting facts that are involved in the Recruitment Process.

Sometimes this process can be similar to other life experiences when it comes to the ‘other part’ everyone knows it but they won’t give you a heads up. They will just sit back and admire the show.

It’s like the time when you want to have your first baby, everyone who has a baby will tell you how wonderful it is, and what a blessing it is, but they will never tell you the other part, when they won’t stop crying at night for example.

Luckily for you, we are here to tell you a bit about the ‘other part’ of the recruitment process. Ready or not, here we go…

1. Types of Candidates

You may think that the interviews are a piece of cake since you are the employer and all, but you will be surprised on how demanding sometimes this process can be. Why you ask?

  • A. No matter what happens, you must be and act professional;
  • B. Each candidate is unique and has his/her own personality.

Let’s talk a bit more about the last point shall we.

There are 4 types of candidates:

1. The Nervous Candidate: who is either too talkative and can’t stop blabbing or too shy and can barely say a few words. Also they are very easy to recognize without even having to hear them speak a word. How you ask? By their body language, by the way their hands or feet are shaking or the way they can’t look you in the eye. Tip: Start the interview with some simple questions, look through their CV maybe ask them a question or two about their hobbies and interest, just to let them loosen up a bit.
2.The Over-confident Candidate: who is very full of it, thinks he/she is the best and if you don’t pay attention he can own the interview in a heartbeat. Tip: Ask specific questions to pin them down to earth. Use a very confident and neutral tone, not too friendly, not too harsh.
3.The Flirtatious Candidate: who will make some remarks or use a specific tone just to get under your skin. This situation can be like the forbidden fruit. It looks good, but once you have a taste all hell breaks loose. Tip: Treat every candidate with an objective attitude and impartiality. Remember the first point? No matter what happens you must be and act professional.
4.The Negative Candidate: who is too insecure and has low self-esteem and most probably no opinions of his/her own. Tip: Try some probing questions and see how he/she responds. You can also add some positive attitude through their work experience or something that you see appealing from their CV. If the negative attitude continues just end the interview. There is no point wasting your time.

2. Communication

Most of us don’t pay that much attention to the way we communicate.

Yes, we know how to speak, but do we know how to communicate?

The way we communicate has:

  • A. An impact on the way we are perceived
  • B. Controls how we can make other people feel.

Someone once said that people will forget what you said to them, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Maybe by now you are wondering why we are talking about these things in a recruitment tips page. Well maybe you aren’t aware but the whole recruitment process should reflect your brand, your Company.

If you know how to leave a good impression, you can increase your brand and name through the interview process. Word-of-mouth is the best advertising any business can ever have.

3. Stay Ahead

Nowadays we have so many opportunities to always improve ourselves. We’ve got conferences, seminars, trainings, online classes, and so on, but do we take advantage of them?

That’s one thing that you should keep in mind and look for in a candidate. Is he open to improvement or is he comfortable in his layers of knowledge and that’s all.

If you want your Company to stay on top you need to get your employees ahead of the others, reward the superstars and get rid of the low ones. You need employees that are open to learning and change.

We are living in a fast pace environment; adapt and be the best or try to survive and eventually die. In the end it’s your choice.

4. Retention

The company’s biggest assets are the people within it. Why do you think the top businesses are high up in the ranking system while others are so low down below you can’t even seem to find them?

Do you want to know why? There’s no secret just RETENTION.

You have to be able to know who is an asset to your company and who isn’t. Find your superstars and keep them happy by rewarding them, or maybe by giving them more responsibility; some people love that more than anything.

Create a work environment that will make your top employees anxious to get to work in the morning and sad when they have to leave in the afternoon.

5. Be everywhere and Anywhere

In business, like in life, if you want to be known you have to be popular, to be present at the ‘hottest’ seminars, meetings, get together, conferences, basically everywhere.

You have to make yourself known; sure you can let your employees or clients speak for you but it’s not quite the same. How do you think Richard Branson or Elon Musk got their name associated with success? They’ve understood that nobody can sell you better than yourself.

This process will start slowly, but surely. Try some conferences and events. It may seem as nothing special but if you play your cards right, you might find yourself meeting many interesting people.

Finally, probably are sick of hearing this but don’t forget to be active across all social media platforms. And when we say all of them, we mean it: Facebook, LinkedIn, Tweeter, Pinterest, My Space, Google+, Xing you name it.

Just be present… everywhere and anywhere!

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