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Hiring a new member of your team can be a time-consuming and stressful process. You’ll be looking for somebody to fill a position with the skills to help the business grow. We share our top recruitment tips.

Looking beyond the CV

Though a candidate might have the right academic qualification, it doesn’t guarantee that they’ll integrate well. Hiring someone who won’t complement the existing team can be disruptive; to them and to the business.

It can be hard to judge a personality on application alone, or even during an interview. Consider conducting trial days, or  having a probationary period.

It might mean more ‘hoop jumping’, but this will help a candidate demonstrate their commitment, whilst giving you a safety net.

Recruiting from within

Recruiting from within allows you transfer skills to where they’re best suited, with people who already know the business.

You may be surprised by some of the ideas and ambition your staff show at the prospect of a new role.

It can be a good change for the team, too, invigorating colleagues whilst showing them that progression is available. Rewarding dedicated and ambitious employees with a promotion can yield  great results.

Try not to hire a copy of yourself

Now, while you know the ins and outs of the role and could probably do it all by yourself, try not to hire just ‘another you’. While the main aim of employing somebody new is to fill an existing position or cope with an increased workload, you have a chance to bring something new to your business.

Going for a carbon copy of yourself might get the job done perfectly well. Unfortunately you’ll miss an opportunity to hire somebody with skills and ideas you don’t have. Hiring the right person can not only fill a role but can help your business stay fresh and evolve.

Sometimes you’ll just have to take a risk when hiring a new employee. Not everyone is going to turn out well but with a bit of careful planning you’ll hopefully end up with someone who brings something new to the table.

For more tips and insight to help you run your business, take a look at our guides and videos.

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Christopher Jones

Forensics graduate-turned copywriter and blogger. I love turning complex topics into easy to understand, yet engaging pieces of content.

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