14 recruitment tips you need to embrace
The recruitment of new staff can be a challenging process. From encouraging referrals to focusing on the candidates’ experience, there are plenty of strategies employers and recruiters can use to ensure that the process runs smoothly. Post your FREE vacancy on Job Mail and connect to quality candidates across South Africa today.
Here are the 14 recruitment tips you need to apply to your strategy:
1. Ask current employees to apply
Offering current employees opportunities within your company helps to boost staff morale and makes them feel appreciated.
2. Encourage referrals and use them in the recruitment process
As an employer, you need to keep your current staff happy and engaged at work. By doing this, you can rely on current employees to give you referrals you can use in the recruitment process. A positive and engaging work environment is a big attraction to potential employees and referrals allow you to give them more insight into your organisation.
3. Compile precise job advertisements
Poorly written job advertisements can deter quality candidates. Make sure that your ad explains the position clearly and concisely. The ad should also provide information about the attributes and skills of the ideal candidate.
4. Set qualification standards
Knowing what qualifications, skills, and knowledge the position requires not only enables potential candidates to apply for jobs they are qualified for, but it also makes it easier for employers and recruiters to disqualify any unsuitable candidates.
5. Offer a good salary
Employers who offer a better salary than similar organisations in the same industry benefit from having the best staff on their team. Do some research to find out what the salary bracket is for the vacancy you are advertising. Offering a competitive salary will make the recruitment process easier and will also help you to retain staff.
6. Provide benefits
Great benefits are another opportunity to attract the right candidates. Standard benefits include medical aid and retirement policies. You can also consider offering employee wellness programs, extra training, and flexible working hours, just to name a few.
7. Focus on candidate experience
Develop an excellent candidate experience to show job applicants that your company cares about their staff. The hiring process is a chance to make a good first impression on prospective employees. Quality candidates may turn down the job offer if they have an unpleasant experience during the recruitment process.
8. Establish a good company reputation before the recruitment process starts
If your company has a good reputation amongst its current employees, as well as the rest of the industry, it will be easier to attract more qualified candidates. To do this, you need to keep your employees satisfied, but also make a continuous effort to let people know how great your company is and what they’re missing out by not working for you.
9. Use technology for recruitment
From video technology to job portals and Applicant Tracking Systems, there are various tools you can use to make the recruitment process easier. With the right technology, you can draft better job descriptions and advertisements, sort through all the applications and CVs, keep track of applications, interviews and shortlisted candidates and much more.
10. Review references and do background checks
It’s essential for employers and recruiters to check the references of the short-listed candidates, but also to investigate their social profiles and do additional background checks. While this process takes time, it will be well worth it in the long run. This process allows you to gain more insight into the candidates as well as to verify the information they’ve provided you with. It’s important to ensure that you hire people who are qualified to do the job, but also have the necessary soft skills you’re looking for.
11. Conduct numerous interviews
Interviews are a vital aspect of the recruitment process. Take your time to conduct each interview thoroughly so that you can get to know the candidates better. While you’ll be reviewing their ability to do the job, you also be checking if they’re a good fit for your company culture.
12. Ask the right questions
As the requirements for each job differ, you shouldn’t be using generic interview questions, but rather industry and job-specific questions that will help you identify the right candidate for the job. You need to know whether this person will be able to perform the tasks at hand, but more importantly if the candidate fits the company culture.
13. Consider remote employees
Technology has made working remotely easier for both employees and companies. It also gives employers access to a much wider talent pool.
14. Define your recruitment timeline
Employers should set up a realistic timeline for the hiring process. Unrealistic deadlines can put unnecessary pressure on candidates and recruiters. However, it’s good to have a well-thought-out timeline in place so that candidates know where they stand in the hiring process.
Now that you know how to get the most out of the recruitment process, you can start looking for qualified candidates. What are you waiting for? List your vacancy for FREE on Job Mail and find the best candidate for the job.