I need to recruit, but how?

I need to recruit, but how?


When you have identified it is time to add to your team, this can be both an exciting and daunting prospect.

As a starting point it is always great to have defined the Job Description which should describe what the role you are recruiting will actually do (and make sure that fits the gap you have in your business)

Next step is thinking about the Person Specification. You know WHAT you want someone to do but what QUALITIES and ATTRIBUTES would the ideal candidate have? This is worth some thought before even considering how you will recruit. This may be based on certain skills or experience that is needed, qualifications that are a must for the job or simply down to attitude and outlook. If you consider this now your selection process will be much easier.

You then can consider HOW to attract the right candidates. Whether this be through traditional advertising, Online Job Boards or the use of an Agency service.

Once you have interest in your job then you need to whittle down those applications to possible interviews and so your job and person specifications will be a big help.

At interview, don’t wing it. I speak to lots of business owners that spend a lot of time selling their Company to candidates and asking little about them at the interview. Prepare in advance what you want to ask and ensure you ask the same of every candidate for a fair comparison.

Recruitment isn’t an exact science, there are candidates out there that can ace interview but the proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the tasting and so you never know 100% until someone starts with you if they entirely fit the bill.

We are able to work with businesses to advise on the most appropriate way to recruit to give you the best chance of finding your dream employee and so if you would like some help then contact us to discuss our People Plan Programme.

For more information on this service, call on 0844 8797286.

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Northern Accountants

Sarah and the team at Quest have provided us HR support since January 2013.

Quest Consulting Services provided us with a comprehensive employment structure with contacts and a handbook and have been on hand to help me deal with the occasional issue I have faced with team members through their telephone support service.

As our personal Consultant, Sarah provides a quality, professional and complete service which is great value for money.

Northern Accountants

Off Limits Corporate Events

Sarah has transformed our HR and has introduced systems that have taken lots of hassle away from staffing issues within our company.

We have worked with Sarah and her team for 5 years and in this time our business has grown considerably. With telephone support available for all our Managers as they need it plus Sarah and her team proactively keeping us updated on changes in legislation we are reassured that we are in safe hands.

The HR software that Quest implemented also helps us keep on top of the routine aspects of HR such as holiday bookings, recording absence, holding personnel records which then allows Sarah and her team easy access to give us relevant advice.

Our Managers have also benefited from workshops run by Sarah to help develop their skills on handling issues such as disciplinary, appraisals, recruitment etc….

The support of Quest is invaluable and provides a much more cost effective solution than employing a HR Manager in house.

Off Limits Corporate Events

10 Associates

Why would anybody NOT have Sarah working 'alongside' their business?

I've known Sarah for many years and she's always been there for me and the business when her wealth of knowledge has been called upon.

We have used Sarah and her team to handle our contracts, handbook and Health & Safety and they are readily available on the telephone when needed or on site at our premises.

Highly recommended.

10 Associates

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