The stress of finding the perfect candidate

The stress of finding the perfect candidate

It’s National Stress Month and we know as well as anyone that recruitment can be a huge stress for businesses.

Finding the perfect candidate is not easy and putting a job advert on a job board doesn’t do what it used to.

You’ll most likely be inundated with applications, which you’ll then have to sieve through, only to find a handful that match what you’re looking for.

We’ve worked in the industry for a long time and we’ve picked up a few handy tricks on our journey. Here are our best tips for finding the right candidates for your role.

1) Define exactly what you’re looking for

Before you start to look for your ideal candidate, take the time to clearly define the attributes, skills, qualifications, and personality points you want to see from a company culture point of view.

If you have a defined profile of who it is you’re looking for it will make the shortlisting process much easier.

It will also make for a more efficient recruitment process, should you choose to work with a recruitment agency. Nudge, nudge.

2) Recruit across multiple channels

As we’ve explained before, sticking your job advert on a job board isn’t the most effective way to attract candidates.

It’s important to utilise your social media, website, job boards and also referrals from employees and of course, partnering with a recruitment agency doesn’t hurt either.

In doing this, you’ll increase the reach of your job ad and cast your candidate net far and wide!

3) Make your job descriptions compelling

Your job descriptions should be compelling to prospective candidates. Highlight the key responsibilities, talk about the company benefits, and where you can try to include a salary.

You’ll be amazed at how many job seekers will actively avoid applying for a role if the salary isn’t advertised.

If you need more tips on what to include and what to avoid in a job description, take a look here.

4) Offer competitive benefits

In today’s competitive job market, offering competitive compensation and benefits is essential for attracting top talent.

Ensure you’re pitching your salary in line with other similar roles in your area, consider benefits that link to health and well-being and bear in mind that flexible working is the craze right now.

If you need support with where to pitch your salary, get in touch with us today. We’ve also explored the benefits that a candidate wants to see here.

5) Trust your instincts

Qualifications and experience are of course huge when it comes to hiring the perfect candidate, but trusting your gut and following your instincts are important too.
Listen to your gut feeling and choose the candidate who not only meets the criteria but also feels like the right fit for your team.

By following these tips and adopting a strategic approach to recruitment, you can increase your chances of finding the perfect candidate.

Of course, partnering with a recruitment agency helps!

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