5 ways to ensure you recruit right the first time round

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5 ways to ensure you recruit right the first time round

There is no doubt that the recruitment process can be costly. However, you can make sure it’s worth every cent if you recruit right the first time around. Not only will you save money, but you will increase the productivity within your company, build a team that will easily run the business well, and protect your brand and ensure longevity. And, it all starts with a very simple step.

5 ways to ensure you recruit right the first time round


1. Work that job description

The job description needs to be on point, and even if you have to draft an essay, it should cover all angles. Your job description should not only cover the job description, which nowadays means very little but should also list the exact duties and experience. In addition, underline the job’s purpose, what the role should fulfill, and how it affects the overall company structure and future.  Be clear about who they would report to, what the future opportunities and growth are, and when you require them to start.

2. Source and sift process

This is where you do your searching.  Yes, put the job description out on various platforms, but do your head-hunting. LinkedIn is a great place to start and, if they are not on LinkedIn with a great profile, keep searching.  Once you a few firm favourites, start digging deeper and have a checklist to compare to.

3. See deeper than the obvious

A candidate can often look fine on paper, but when you go deeper, you will see they don’t suit or have huge red flags attached to their application. Know what you are looking for and know what you definitely don’t want.

4. Ensure there is a company culture fit

You may not think it’s important, but if someone moves into your home (which is what your business is in this instance) and does not fit socially, culturally, and emotionally, you will regret your decision to employ them.  Getting a divorce from your employee can be a costly and draining process.

5. Let them sell it to you

If you are very clear about what you need, then once you have done your part, it is up to the candidate to sell it to you.  They should be telling you why you need to employ them; however, know the fine line between desperation and confidence in themselves.

It seems like a simple enough process, this recruiting game, but let me tell you, after almost 2 decades in this business, there is never an easy moment, only learnings.

If you are struggling with the recruitment process and want to ensure you do this once, please reach out and chat with me.

Anthony Kettle is the co-owner of West Coast Personnel, a successful recruitment agency that has been around for going on 21 years in the Table View, Western Cape area.  Anthony specialises predominantly in the engineering and manufacturing space; however, he has a wealth of knowledge to impart all aspects of recruitment.  He has recently published his books, The Job Seeker’s Handbook and The Recruiter’s Handbook, available on Amazon as eBooks.

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