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Best practice recruitment

By Michelle Pittorino

Is your business expanding and looking at recruiting new staff? If yes, preparation and planning are essential to ensure you attract and secure the ideal candidate.

Once you have decided to recruit for a role, you should:

  • Review or create a job description that accurately reflects the requirements of the role. Consult with the line manager or an employee that works in a similar role to ensure the job description covers all core requirements.
  • Formulate targeted interview questions that cover off on key skill/experience requirements detailed in the job description. You should ask each candidate the same set of questions, so you can compare them fairly.
  • Determine and develop additional questions. These may cover working regular overtime, working rights for Australia, salary expectations and questions to determine candidate motivation and interest in the role.
  • Consider who is most appropriate to conduct the interviews. It is best to have the line manager and at least one other person interviewing together. The same people should interview all candidates to allow for an accurate comparison.
  • Decide how you will advertise the role. While traditional advertising methods like online job boards such as SEEK are popular, it is worth considering how you can reach desired candidates. Social media platforms are now being used to attract the more tech savvy Gen Y and Z. Professional networking sites such as LinkedIn also cater for both purchased and free job advertising.

You are now ready to receive applications, conduct the interview and select the best person for the job.

CCIWA has several guides and forms available to Members to assist in the recruitment process. For further information, contact CCIWA’s Employee Relations Advice Centre on (08) 9365 7660 or email [email protected].

Is your business expanding and looking at recruiting new staff? If yes, preparation and planning are essential to ensure you attract and secure the ideal candidate.

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