A comment by a client yesterday started me thinking about our willingness to settle for less than ideal when we could be seeking the best.
With a little extra effort when recruiting staff, your business results can be ‘really something’ rather than ‘better than nothing’.
The SME Boardroom White Paper released last week showed that the primary method for recruitment, used by 71.9% of SMEs, is to advertise the position themselves. Other sources of new recruits are business and personal referrals (57.8%) and staff referrals (40.6%). What’s your method of choice?
Also contained in the White Paper is information about what SMEs look for when recruiting. The main thing is attitude (78% of respondents). Cultural fit (39.1%) and technical skills (34.4%) are also important. The survey didn’t ask how SMEs assess these requirements.
If you advertise directly and recruit for attitude, you will need a process that is efficient and effective. Here’s a short summary of the steps you’ll need to take before you can make an offer to the new recruit you’re looking for:
All the same steps should apply, except for advertising, when your candidates come from referrals.
If you would like a copy of our detailed Recruitment Plan, just let us know. We are here to help you find and keep your dream team.
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