Six Steps to Recruitment Success
By Kimberley Williams, Junior Resourcer at hr inspire
Just under a year ago I took a leap of faith into Recruitment, worlds away from the legal sector that I left behind. Some would understandably scratch their heads at my decision to hop across to a different lane with a completely different pace, culture and reward.
But by golly, I am SO glad I did. I have been lit by the recruitment spark!
Spending time in such a talent filled recruitment department I have picked up a few nuggets of wisdom to pass onto any businesses starting their Talent Sourcing journey…
- Take your time
Finding the perfect candidate for your company can seem an overwhelming prospect, and you’re not expected to find and sign them on day one. Learning takes time and mastering something takes even longer. Don’t worry about whether you’re ‘getting it’ quickly enough or churning out quality results from the get-go. If you don’t allow yourself time to let things sink in and learn the ins and outs of the role properly, you’ll end up cutting corners, making mistakes and working yourself up into a stressful lather. Let yourself learn good habits from the beginning and let your speed increase with time; you don’t need to be a bull at a gate.
- Interviewing – Make the call
If you put it off, it’ll only get more daunting. The worst thing that can happen, is that you lose your words or feel flustered and stuck if you’re put on the spot. Alas! You can keep on using the “Let me check with one of my colleagues,” line for as long as you need, as long as the result is the right answer. Calls get easier the more you make, and talking to people in your industry is the best way to learn first-hand about the industry you’re recruiting in. Straight from the horse’s mouth.
- Ask the question
If you don’t ask the question, you won’t get the answer you want. I’m a big believer in trying to work things out for yourself first, but if you find yourself at a stumbling block, don’t waste time by fretting or making matters worse by making the wrong decision. If you have a great manager, they’ll tell you that “no question is a stupid question”, so take their word for it!
- Don’t slack on admin
Having good administrative processes will prove to hugely underpin your success. When you first start out, it’s hard to appreciate the importance of recording your calls (in great detail) and creating follow ups and reminders for yourself. CRM systems are designed to make your life easier in the long run, so getting to know the one you’ll be using will prove absolutely vital to your success. Sure, you might remember your first 5 calls pretty well, but 2 weeks down the track you would have made hundreds of calls and sent bucket loads of emails, and it will be one big blur. It’s also important to keep on top of admin even when you’re busy and have a million and one deliverables; scrounging for contact details you knew you had once and scratching your head to remember information is a huge waste of time.
- You don’t have to be an expert
When recruiting, your strengths lie in your people and sales skills; you do not have to be an expert in everything related to the role straight away. Sure, the more subject matter knowledge and understanding of you have, the better, but ultimately you need to be confident in your ability to match the right person with the right role.
- Learn the value of outsourcing
One of the great joys of Recruitment is you can completely customise your approach to fit your needs. You can handle it all in house? Great! You’ve found yourself with more vacancies than you can fill? Partner with a Recruitment specialist to help top up your search time! You’re getting the feeling Recruitment isn’t a cost-effective function for you? Outsource! We work with businesses of all shapes and sizes, whose needs range from simply needing support on writing and posting job descriptions online through to a full managed service taking the workload out of their hands and replacing it with their perfect candidate.
If you feel you’d benefit from some support to ensure you’re securing the top talent, drop us a line and see how we can help!
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