When you’re able to recruit for your business, whether it’s the first time or you’ve done it many times in the past, it’s always going to be exciting. It’s a chance to grow the business, and it shows that you are running it successfully if you have the money and the work for a new employee.

The only issue is that recruiting someone can be expensive, and you’ll want to ensure you will get it completely right before you do it, otherwise it can be a costly mistake, and it might even mean that you don’t have the funds to do it all over again, leaving your business in a precarious position. Read on to find out how to get recruitment right the first time.  


Be Clear On What You Want

If you’re not completely clear on what you want from a new employee, it’s going to be almost impossible to determine who will fit the role correctly, and who it would be a mistake to hire. Not knowing what you need to see in someone’s CV or hear from a candidate when you have them in for an interview means that you’ll be picking someone because you liked them, more than because they know how to do the job you’re hiring for.

Although it’s good to like the person you’re hiring, it isn’t the main priority; they need to be able to boost your business, and to do that, they need the right experience and qualifications. Plus, they’ll need to know what you’re asking them to do, too, otherwise they’re not going to be comfortable with the job – they might not even apply in the first place.

Make sure you’re clear on what you want, and write a job description that matches these requirements. This will save you time and effort and ensure the right candidates apply.


Get Expert Help

Being a business owner is a busy job, and trying to fit recruitment into this will only make things harder. You might rush through the process just to get it done so you can get back to what you should be doing, and that is often a mistake.

In order to get your recruitment right, it’s often a good idea to get expert help in the form of a good recruitment agency. Even if this means spending more money than you might have budgeted for, the fact that you have professionals searching for exactly the right candidate for you, taking a lot of the burden away from you and giving you your time back, is priceless.


Prepare for Interviews in Advance

The interview is not only a way for a candidate to impress a potential new employer, but it’s also a way for an employer to impress a potential new candidate. The last thing you would want to happen would be to find someone who is just what you’re looking for and then they decide they don’t want to accept your job offer because they didn’t like the way the business was portrayed during the interview, or the fact that you were not prepared to ask the right questions and seemed nervous.

To conduct an interview well, you will need to write down your questions in advance, and you must ensure that you are able to explain exactly what the role is, and what the company is about.

Portraying everything in a good light means that you can stand a better chance of the right candidate wanting to work for you.

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.