Finding the right candidate

In today's job market, some employers are finding it increasingly difficult to attract candidates to niche roles so recruitment and HR professionals need to carefully manage the expectations of hiring managers. If you are struggling to identify and appoint the right talent to your organisation, here are some strategies that might help:

Embrace diversity: consider a range of backgrounds and life experiences that would give rise to the right attitude and transferable technical skills that would fulfil the requirements of your role.

Don’t look for a candidate that fits your vacancy perfectly: whilst this might be ideal from an employer’s perspective, consider what the candidate has to gain from accepting your role. Allowing for a skills gap in suitability will mean they have more to gain from joining you, will benefit from the training and development you can offer and likely stay longer.

Speak to an experienced recruiter in your market: ask whether your requirements are realistic in view of the salary and job description you have. Other businesses may be competing for the same talent, so ensure your benefits and holidays are not out-dated.

Find creative ways to promote your employer brand

Separate essential and desirable requirements: keep the essentials concise by challenging your hiring managers to identify the top three most important qualities they need.

Choose your recruitment partners tactically: ensure their specialism and location covers the catchment area for the talent you seek. Consider both independent and national suppliers to access the widest candidate pool.

Find creative ways to promote your employer brand and create content that your employees can share with friends, family and their professional network.

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