The responsibilities and challenges that come with ensuring you recruit the right person to the right job can be overwhelming, stressful, time consuming and expensive – especially if you get it wrong.

Hiring new employees is an essential yet challenging part of running a business. The responsibilities and challenges that come with ensuring you recruit the right person to the right job can be overwhelming, stressful, time consuming and expensive – especially if you get it wrong.

The good news is however that there are a number of methods you can employ to ensure that your recruitment process is a lot less stressful.

Plan Ahead

Make sure you know exactly what your new employees’ responsibilities will be, the skills you require, how much you will be paying them and what benefits they will be entitled to. With so many different people involved in the recruitment process, a detailed job specification offers clarity, prevents miscommunication and ensures that there are no hidden surprises later down the line.

If you’re managing your own recruitment process, please be aware that there are strict laws governing what you can and cannot say in employment advertising.

The Interview

Job interviews are just as nerve-wracking for the interviewer as the interviewee. Going in well-prepared ensures that you know what exactly what you’re going to ask, the kind of person you’re looking for and how to answer any questions your candidate may have however.

Your questions should be directly related to the position you’re offering so that you can make a solid and informative decision about whether someone is right for the role or not. Enquiring about previous experience, any skills they have acquired, strengths and weaknesses and where they want to be in the future also help to ensure you make the right decision.

Making an offer   

It’s your responsibility to check that an employee has the right to work in the UK before you offer them a job. Don’t just take somebody’s word for it because even if you have no idea but get caught, you can face a hefty fine.

You should also send your new employee written confirmation detailing their job title, responsibilities, salary and benefits. If for whatever reason you cannot do this, by law you must provide them with a written statement of employment within the first few months of their employment.

Requesting references is a standard but vital part of employing somebody. Ensuring that the person you are about to hire is loyal, trustworthy, hard-working and dedicated is the best way to avoid finding yourself amidst the whole recruitment process once again in a few weeks’ time.

Use a recruitment agency

There are many benefits of using an agency to look after your recruitment process. As well as taking care of all of the points mentioned above, they deal with people day in and day out which means they’re experts at knowing who will fit in well with your company.

Crucially, they also have the time to look after the aspects of recruitment that you might not. For example, here at Alpha, we always make sure that we thoroughly vet all candidates before putting them forward for a role. Whether it’s checking their work history, visa or references, you can guarantee that you know exactly what you’re getting.

Another common complaint with recruitment is how long it takes to sift through the hundreds of CVs that companies are often inundated with when they advertise a role. Again, Alpha can take care of this for you and only present you with a select few we think would be perfect for your role

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