It goes without saying that it reflects the level of our professionalism and the dedication we give.
In my book “The Art of Recruitment,” I discussed that the process of recruitment should consist of several stages. These must be followed properly as it is the most effective way to finding and matching the right candidate for the job.
Why is it important to source applicants first?
In finding the best person for the job, it is important for a recruitment consultant to attract interested and qualified applicants. In order to do that, you must maximize the use of different venues and channels to advertise the position that's available.
Some make calls to colleagues and networks, while others put an ad up in a widely circulated daily. In letting the vacancy be known, you must also properly outline what the company's needs are, bearing in mind that the advertisement should be able to draw a potential placement.
It is important to do this process right because it will help the recruitment consultant eliminate applicants, who may interested but are not necessarily qualified for the job.
The proper sourcing of applicants should help save you time, energy and other resources.
Why is it important to screen applicants?
Crucial to the whole recruitment process is the screening of applicants. This is initially done by asking candidates to submit their CV. If they appear qualified, a telephone pre-screen is undertaken.
Screening of applicants can be the most arduous task, especially if the recruitment consultant has to go through thousands of applications.
Despite being time-consuming, it is important that you go through this process because you have to validate the credentials on the candidate's resume.
The tests pre-screen is also a good method for determining what the candidates are like, what potential they exhibit, what they can possibly contribute and accomplish to the company hiring.
Most of all, the process of screening will determine if the candidate is competent and the right fit for the position.
Why is the selection process important?
After going through weeks of interviews with candidates, the hardest part for the recruitment consultant is not yet over. You are tasked to do the final selection.
I hope that all throughout the process, you have been taking notes during the interviews and cross-checking the data gathered with that of the company's requirements and the candidate's CV. You can then come up with a proper evaluation of the candidates so that decision-makers will be able to refer to these easily.
This is perhaps the most important part of the recruitment process because the right decision of who to hire will benefit all parties concerned. It will ensure that the right fit is achieved – benefitting your reputation in the marketplace in which you recruit.
Take time to follow all the steps in the recruitment process, every time you recruit.
Until next time, be the best you can be. Gaynor