If you are in the process of recruiting for a position within your firm, you already know that the process can be confusing, time consuming and difficult. The pressure to choose the right employee can be immense, as the hiring and training process can cost your business a lot of money – you want to get it right the first time around.

Thankfully, searching for the right employee for your position does not have to be a baffling ordeal. See below for five top tips that will help you hire the best candidate.

  1. Correctly define the job description – No matter the size of your firm, you (and your team) should sit down and carefully draft the job description. Unless you know exactly what you are looking for, you won’t know when you have found it! Here are some great tips for writing a concise job description. By ensuring that your description is clear, you can avoid wasting your time with unsuitable applicants.
  2. Create a checklist for the interview – At the same time that you write the job description, you should also compose a checklist that you can refer to during the screening and interview process. This will prevent you from getting off track or forgetting key skills that you need your recruit to possess. While a vivacious personality can be attractive, the checklist will remind you of your requirements.
  3. Check references thoroughly– Your potential recruit might have a bubbly personality, a respectable demeanour and a top notch CV – but without a thorough check of their references, you might as well be hiring a stranger. Sadly, people lie during the application process, and without properly checking their references and speaking to past employers (on official telephone numbers and email addresses, not via personal communication) you could be having the wool pulled over your eyes.
  4. Ask the right questions – Once you have a checklist of skills and training that you want your ideal candidate to possess, you still must ask them the correct questions during the interview in order to find the right match. Here is a list of sample interview questions that you can tailor to your vacancy. These questions can help you weed out any bad fits and learn a lot of interesting information about your potential hire.
  5. Use a recruitment firm – Using a recruitment agency has myriad benefits when it comes to finding the perfect candidate for your vacancy. Not only do recruitment agencies have experience in matching recruits to job openings, they often have a vast network of individuals and other agencies that they can access. While they do charge a fee, with the amount of time you will save the amount is often negligible (and many offer money back guarantees).

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