It happens to all companies from time to time. You go through the entire recruitment process, hire someone you think is going to be great but then within a few weeks they’re either not working out or have already handed in their notice. Unfortunately this is all part of running a company but if you are finding this is starting to happen more often than not, then chances are that there is something fundamentally wrong with your hiring process.
To help you identify where you may be going wrong, below we have listed some of the most common reasons why companies end up recruiting the wrong people despite their best efforts.
If you have been using the same job description to fill a role countless times then perhaps it’s time to think about revising it. Perhaps this is the reason why you’re attracting a certain type of candidate and it’s very possible that your job advert doesn’t actually state what you’re really looking for.
If it’s a new role that has been created then take the time to have a good think about what it is you want your new recruit to do. What skills and assets have worked out across other departments in the company? What skills are lacking amongst other team members?
If you’re re-filling a position then think about the last employee who was doing that role. What worked, what didn’t, could they have done more, was too much being asked of them and were they generally happy in their job?
Even if someone has the most perfect CV in the world with some top qualifications and brilliant experience, if they’re not the right cultural fit for your company and the people you have working for you, it simply will not work out.
Whether you do your recruitment through an agency or in-house, be completely honest with whoever is in charge of hiring about the type of person you are looking for. If your team is full of loud and very outspoken people then don’t think that a shy person will balance things out. They are only going to feel intimidated and like they don’t fit it and will undoubtedly want to get out of there as fast as they can.
Remember, skills can be taught but a person’s character and personality can’t.
A few years ago candidates were in abundance and jobs were not which meant that recruiters had the pick of the bunch. Now that the UK’s job market is steadily growing once again however, the opposite is the case. There are plenty of jobs going and not enough candidates which means that competition is fierce amongst employers.
If you are struggling to fill a position don’t be tempted to make all sorts of elaborate promises that although you very well may intend to keep, in reality you can’t. Be perfectly clear during the interview about what the duties will be, any career progression that will available and how often salary reviews will be conducted. Being perfectly clear from the beginning prevents any misunderstanding from occurring and you are much more likely to build an engaged and contented team.
If you would like any help or advice with your recruitment process then please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.