Written by Kimberley Startup | April 10, 2014
All companies, big and small, have to engage in recruitment at some point. For some of these companies, it will be second nature to them, for others a bit more thought and effort has to go into it. But what about those companies who have no experience in recruiting, because they are recruiting for the first time?
First things first…
…what is it that your new employee will be doing? It will be important to sit down and really think about what the duties to be fulfilled are. You do not want to end up in a situation where you have drafted a job description but then when it comes to the interview or having actually hired someone they see that the job description was not accurate. This could result in a good candidate turning the job down, or leaving soon after starting.
During the process of figuring out these duties, you may conclude there is too much or too little work for just one person. This means you would need to re-evaluate your needs. For example, you may need one part-time member of staff, or one part-time and one full-time, or maybe even two part-timers depending on what needs done.
Use what you have…
…employers who are hiring for the first time may know what there are looking for, but can hit a road block when it comes to figuring out where to look. There are many options when it comes to finding candidates and, if you are inexperienced, it can be hard to know what route to take.
Try starting with those closest to you…your own network. You may already know someone, or know someone who knows someone that will be an ideal fit in the company. If this isn’t the case then you may consider using a recruitment company such as Webrecruit Ireland.
Get the interview right…
…if you are hiring your first employee then it is also likely that you have never interviewed anyone before. This is something that you cannot afford to get wrong, so it is important that you do research into questions to ask and signs to look out for when interviewing candidates, for example, body language.
It may be the case that you find yourself with more CVs and applications than you are able to handle. This again is where companies like Webrecruit Ireland can save you time with filtering and shortlisting services, meaning you can easily select an appropriate number of the best candidates to interview.