Irwin and Colton turn 7 this week! So, to mark this milestone we have curated 7 pieces of advice that we most commonly give to the candidates and hiring teams we work with.
1. Be clear and realistic about timelines
There are a lot of factors which will influence the time it takes to fill a role, including contract type and skill set required. For example, if you are looking to hire a contractor, this may take a matter of days, whereas a permanent hire will take longer due to a more thorough interview process and candidate notice periods.
It’s also important to be clear with candidates about when they will receive feedback or guidance on the next steps of the process. Strong candidates won’t wait long for feedback, particularly in today’s busy market. Be sure to let your Consultant know your timelines so they can manage candidate’s expectations.
2. Prioritise the candidate experience
The interview process is the first interaction a candidate has with your organisation. To make a good impression build a rapport with the candidate, let them know what to expect in the recruitment process, and provide prompt feedback.
A positive candidate experience will make top talent more likely to join your company, and even those who are not successful will still have good things to say about your company!
3. Interviews are two-way
An interview is a two-way process, the candidates will also be gauging whether the role and company is right for them. Relay the key components of your Employee Value Proposition to help the candidate understand your company culture, benefits, rewards and development opportunities.
4. Get the team involved
Inviting a small group of relevant stakeholders to get involved with the interview process is a great way to help make your hiring decision. With more of the team speaking with the candidates, you will better identify their cultural fit to your organisation. It will also improve the candidate experience, as your team share their experiences.
5. Preparation is key
To make a good impression, ease your nerves, and have a successful interview, preparation is key! Be sure to research the company, re-read the job description, prepare answers to common questions, anticipate any reservations the interviewer may have, and prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview.
6. Plan your journey to the interview in advance
Sounds simple, but you’d be amazed how many times things can go wrong. Aim to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Make sure you know exactly where the interview is being held, how you are going to get there, how long it will take, and if you’re driving – where you will park. If you are unsure of any of the above details, ask your consultant who will be able to help.
If things don’t go to plan and you’re running late, let your consultant know as soon as possible so they can relay this to the interviewer.
Hiring team & Candidates
7. Consider contract and interim
If you are currently out of work and searching for a permanent position, you may want to consider a contract or interim role until you find what you are looking for. Equally, if you are hiring for a permanent role but need immediate support, consider hiring a contractor to cover the position temporarily. Our dedicated Contract & Interim team can assist with both.
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