5 TIPS FOR RECRUITING THE BEST TALENT FOR YOUR BUSINESS - eSTUDY
Recruiting talent for your business is an art as well as a science. Follow these 5 tips to make sure that you are recruiting the best talent for your business---people who will help your business grow, and who are able to put your dreams into action.
- IT’S A CLICHÉ, BUT HAVE A JOB DESCRIPTION
Yes, u’r busy. Yes you know exactly what type of candidate you’re looking for. And yes, you require staff to go beyond what’s in their job description.
But it’s easy to develop a ‘business crush’ on a candidate during the recruitment process—someone who blows you away with their talent and enthusiasm, and who can really help take your business to the next level.
There is nothing wrong with recruiting for the future—after all, you need people who can put your dreams into action. But you have a need NOW, and meeting this need is why you are recruiting.
Taking the time to write up a job description, and having those requirements in black and white, will help you tame that business crush and make sure you’re recruiting the right person—whether it is for a current need, or for a business growth need.
- KNOW WHAT IT’S GOING TO COST YOU
It’s easy to think only of gross salary when budgeting for new staff. But the real costs are far higher.
Yes, you begin with the gross salary, but you also need to consider additional overhead costs; things like a desk and chair, laptop, software, and licensing expenses.
If you’re working through a recruiting agency, consider their fees and charges. Remember that recruitment agencies often charge these fees even if your newly appointed candidate resigns.
- DO DUE DILIGENCE
In the current South African economic climate, employer demand is far lower than employee supply. Given the staggering unemployment rate, there are likely to be hundreds of candidates who are desperate for the job you are offering. Make sure that CV’s don’t contain white lies. Check every detail. Check for yourself that they have the skills that they claim to have.
- CONSIDER THE INTERNSHIP MODEL
Interns often get a bad rap. Business owners imagine a slouchy GenZ waltzing into the office, complete with lacklustre education, zero experience, and an overwhelming sense of entitlement. No thanks!
But managed correctly, interns offer opportunities for your business that simply can’t be ignored.
There are thousands of unemployed graduates who are desperate to make a difference and build a career. There may be some bad apples, but with the right recruitment and selection process you will find amazing talent and dedication—and at a fraction of the cost.
South African legislation provides for incentives for the recruitment of interns-not least is points on your BEE Scorecard.
You will have to recruit your interns carefully, and be clear exactly what you are looking for. You will need to provide proper onboarding, oversight and mentoring.
If you change your mindset from incentive to talent management, you’ll find that the benefits of hiring interns far outweigh the time and effort spent on developing them.
- DON’T MAKE THE FINAL CALL ALONE
As humans, we are all biased. We have a natural tendency to favor some types of people over others, and we all suffer from “blind spots” when it comes to recruitment. Business owners tend to recruit people who are just like them, think like them and share their interests.
If you recruit people just like you, you may soon have a business full of entrepreneurs! Who will do the slog work? Someone needs to do this.
Don’t make the final appointment decision alone. Call in trusted staff to get their input. Make sure that you put together an interview panel consisting of a variety of individuals with different viewpoints.
Surviving in today’s business environment requires that all business owners give 120% each day. If you dream of getting support from a competent and committed staff complement , you need to make sure that you are recruiting the right talent.
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