Recruitment Advice for Small Businesses

As your business grows you will need to add people to your work force to help it grow and develop. This isn’t always as easy as it sounds. It can be a difficult task finding someone who fits the role, while also fitting your team. Unfortunately while someone might preform well in the initial interview, once they are in the office they might not be as good for the team and you had originally hoped. It’s because of this you need to make sure you are getting the right person into the office to help you and your business grow but you will want to avoid the outrageous fee that some recruitment agencies charge. There are some things you can do to maximise the changes of you getting the ideal candidates applying for your jobs without spending a small fortune.

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Social media can be a useful tool when you are looking to recruit people. To save the money you spend on recruitment agencies, first try using your social media to advertise the job vacancy to a wide audience of people for no price at all. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn can be used to advertise anything, so job vacancies are no exception. You can get some of your employees to share it on their network to increase the coverage.

The basic’s of posting any job online starts with job boards. These are website were job seekers can search for jobs in their location and field. This is an ideal ways of getting the job out there and it is relatively cheap. The only downside of this is that it can become time consuming, especially when it comes to posting the job on multiple job boards. You can get help from fixed and flat fee recruitment companies like Hiring People who will post a job on a hundred job boards for a nominal fee. Using these low cost recruitment company can save you considerable time and help you to maximise the exposure of your job vacancy.

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Posting the job is only the beginning. Now you have all the applicants you need to narrow down the candidates to the last few you feel could do the job you need and fit your company’s ethos. For this, we would suggest to look at each candidate individually and see what he or she can offer your company on an immediate basis, and on a long-term basis. If you aren’t in desperate need of someone to come in and make a difference immediately you might prefer to take a younger candidate and train him or her to mould them around your business. Don’t waste their time or more importantly your time if you feel the candidate isn’t right for what you and the business needs.

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Now for the interviews, remember this will be a very stressful time for a candidate and they may be nervous which could effect how they interview, keep this in mind and try and settle their nerves so you get the best interview possible. Be sure to ask all of the questions that you feel need to be asked, making sure that you retrieve any information that is key to you, it may be a good idea to have a list of key questions you want to ask and information you want to make sure you get everything you wanted. After hearing all of your candidates you can then decide on whom you feel offers the most and fits into your company best.

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