Recruiting isn't an exact science and we can't expect to always make the right decisions, but our chances of success improve markedly if we have a good process to follow.
There are many decisions to be made in determining how to recruit, not just who to recruit, and as with any process it will need to develop and evolve over time.
Here are the first of our Top Tips to consider in determining a good process:
1) Do you really need to hire?
What’s the role or issue that needs to be addressed?
Discuss the requirements in detail with colleagues who understand or are involved in the issues, and make sure everyone has a clear understanding and a consensus on what / who is needed.
Can this requirement be addressed by re-organising, offering overtime, promoting from within, utilising machinery, or is there another way to deal with the issue?
If you definitely need to hire, then the role must be clearly defined in the form of a ‘Job Spec’. (NB. This is not the same as the ‘Person Spec’ which we’ll cover later!)
2) Define the Role clearly
It helps to have a standard form to use as a prompt, and which can be signed-off by everyone involved.
If you need a template, you can download a simple, generic example HERE:
List in detail the tasks your new colleague will have to perform.
For example, you may wish to include items such as:
Defining the kind of person you need is just as important as defining the role, and yet many people don’t do this in enough detail. Remember, success will depend not just on the person or people you hire having the training and / or experience you need, but also on their aptitude, personality and desire to perform the tasks to the standard you need, and preferably better.
A very clear ‘profile’ of the person needed is required, and don’t accept second-best. As the late John F. Kennedy said "Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life”
We’ll cover this in more detail in our next bulletin. But if you can’t wait, you can download our guidance note here: http://theworkpoint.net/recruitmentmasteryguidancenotes.html