By Tracey Warren of Primaris
Hiring the best people is vital in growing your business successfully. If you want to avoid cost, wasted time and disruption further down the line, here are 5 top tips to improve your recruitment process.
1. Be clear about what you need and why
When you’re busy it can be tempting just to get someone in quickly. But taking some time to consider why you need the role, what will it achieve, and how it will help you move your business forward, can help you identify the type of person you’re looking for in both skills and attitude, alignment with your vision and strategy, and help maximise added value in your business.
2. Set clear expectations – job description, person specification, outcomes
Using your knowledge of what you need and why, create a clear Job Description and Person Specification, and be clear about what outcomes are expected from the role. This is key in attracting the right candidates. The old adage ‘garbage in, garbage out’ applies here!
3. Consider fit in the team, not just technical skills
What sort of person are you looking for? Don’t just consider technical skills, think about fit in the existing team, what sort of personality will excel in this role, do you need to consider future/succession planning, what added value can be gained from this role? Technical skills can often be taught, but attitude can’t.
4. Have a robust recruitment process
Consider competence testing for technical ability, group exercises to assess team ‘fit’ plus overall knowledge and approach, and ask the right interview questions.
5. Use experts when you need to
If you’re unsure about how to get steps 1-4 right, involve someone like me who has experience of building successful teams, who’s been there, done it and got the t-shirt. If you’re unsure about the specifics of employment law, involve an HR expert. It’s much better to get this right now, than to have potential legal problems, additional costs, wasted time and reputational loss later on.
I’ve recruited lots of people over the years, and following a couple of poor hires early on, I developed and honed the techniques above to improve the process. As a result, every subsequent recruitment round resulted in me getting the right person for the role, the team and the organisation.
I now help other businesses develop their strategy, goals and processes. If you’d like to benefit from my 30 years’ experience to help you to cut through the faff and grow your team successfully, visit www.primaris.co.uk.