When you’re trying to fill a role, you don’t just want to take the first person who comes along and applies – you want to find the absolute best person you can for the job. But what can you do when you’re hiring for a position you don’t fully understand yourself?
An ideal recruitment campaign has a detailed candidate profile and experienced recruiters making the decisions. There are times however when that’s not practical – perhaps you’re a business owner making your first hire in IT or finance, and you’re faced with the difficulty of advertising and screening for a role you don’t have any experience in. Here’s how that’s done.
Research similar roles
Whatever you’re recruiting for, you won’t be the only one doing it. Take a look at job ads for the same kinds of roles to get a better idea of expectations.
This is especially useful when you don’t know what kind of qualifications or experience an applicant might be expected to have. But rather than simply copying and pasting jargon from an advert, you should take the time to research what each part means and evaluate whether it’s something you’d require in your company.
This research comes in handy not just when composing a job description but when interviewing, as you will need to know what the candidate is talking about. It’s only fair to the applicant that you have the understanding to properly evaluate their skills and background.panduan android
Why are you recruiting?
You hire people to fill a certain need in your organisation – if you understand that need, you will be a few steps closer to realising what kind of individual you require.
For instance you might be recruiting for someone in IT, but what exactly do you need done? If you need someone on a temporary basis or to perform very few tasks, you might be better off using an outside consultant instead. If on the other hand you require a large application to be built and maintained for years to come, you should at least look for experience in project planning and development. Taking note of a few specific duties based on your needs will help in advertising and screening.
Ask an expert
You can spend ages reading on the internet about exactly what programming languages your new hire should know, or how many years of experience it’s appropriate to require for your new accountant. But you can actually get a much better sense of how to hire for those tricky sectors by asking someone who already works in them!
Shadowing someone in the sector for 30 minutes, or asking them about their career to date, can teach you so much that will help not just in recruiting, but in managing the new employee after the hire is made. You might also ask if they have anyone in their network who would be interested in the open position.
Of course, nothing really compares to using the services of a professional recruiter – rather than trying to bluff your way through the process. To hear more about our experience recruiting in your sector, get in touch today!