Recruitment and Selection – General Principles

When focusing on the recruitment and selection of employees for your business, there are some general considerations you should always keep in mind:
 The first point to recognize about recruitment is that it is a process with a number of key stages, all of which combine to enhance your chances of finding the best candidates available for any advertised position.
 It is also worth pointing out that in terms of leading and managing employees if you are not recruiting the best people available, then it is always going to be an uphill struggle to manage them day-to-day.
 Another general rule is that when seeking to fill any vacancy you should always consider the internal candidates that could be promoted to the available post and then recruit externally for the more junior position.
 Too often senior managers pay scant attention to the recruitment process and only become actively involved when a senior post is being filled, or at the end of the process for a quick ‘final’ interview. This is a mistake and you should be concerned with the quality and suitability of every employee who joins your business.
 It is often assumed that interviewing is something that any experienced manager can do. Again, this is a mistake: yes, anybody can conduct an interview, but few can do it well unless they are appropriately trained. Nobody in your business should conduct interviews without adequate training.
 There are many legal issues associated with the recruitment process and you should familiarize yourself with all relevant legislation.
The principle objective of the recruitment process should be to recruit, select and appoint employees appropriate to the present and future needs of your business.

Ref: Fáilte Ireland

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