By Elliott Hill, Consultant
The best candidates will always get snapped up quickly. To make sure that you secure the best talent for your organisation you need to have a focused and efficient approach to your recruitment search.
Creating the right role. Top quality candidates are ambitious; the opportunity has to appear exciting and challenging. Think about what is going to appeal most to somebody and highlight opportunities for growth and progression.
Research. Find out what salary packages are currently being offered by your competitors for similar roles – and understand what candidates are looking for. In times where opportunities outstrip available talent, then you could find you need to pay more to secure the best people.
Make recruiting your priority. Recruiting can be extremely time consuming. Ensure you dedicate the time you need to interviews and whenever possible try not rearrange appointments to see potential candidates. Avoid cutting an interview short by allowing sufficient time for each meeting.
Streamline processes. Most candidates would expect to have a first and second interview. Try and keep the internal decision making process as efficient as possible by inviting anyone who needs to be involved to attend and providing prompt feedback.
Talk to your recruitment consultant. If you are interested in a particular candidate make sure you work closely with the recruitment consultant handling your search. They will be able to give you valuable feedback from the candidate themselves and guide you on their salary expectations and any other opportunities they might be pursuing. They will also be able to manage the communications between yourself and the candidate so if there are any internal delays on being able to make them an offer, they can ensure that your selected individual doesn’t lose interest.
Make a strong offer. Most candidates will expect an improvement on their current salary package to move to a new position – however, as well as the base salary consider what additional benefits will be included and the value a potential employee will place on these. Additional holiday allowance, contributory pension scheme and flexible working hours can all be attractive.
Your offer should be competitive and be prepared to be flexible – you don’t want to pay over the odds for someone but there are times when you may need to stretch your budget to secure the person that you want. Also, be aware that their current employer may make them a counter offer.
Keep on top of paperwork. Once you have a verbal acceptance, make sure any paperwork is issued and followed up as soon as possible – a candidate is unlikely to offer their resignation before receiving their new offer in writing.
Communicate. Notice periods can vary in length – anything from one month to three months is common. It’s good to keep in touch with your new employee from time to time during this period and if possible arrange an opportunity for them to meet the rest of the team they will be working with before their start date.
Sharp Consultancy specialises in the recruitment of finance and accountancy professionals. With offices in Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster and Manchester our highly experienced team of consultants recruit for temporary, interim and permanent roles across the full spectrum of positions throughout Yorkshire and the North West.