As with all projects, planning effectively significantly increases your chances of a successful recruitment drive. Good planning doesn’t slow you down – we’ve found the opposite is true – it clarifies a process that can so easily become disjointed.
That’s why we’ve developed a 5 step process which makes recruitment as straightforward as possible and we use this approach on all of our recruitment projects.
Step 1 – Prepare
This is your initial groundwork. It’s about pulling out this framework and considering the 5 steps. To prepare effectively, think about the end-to-end roadmap of the project, from now to appointing and onboarding the successful candidate.
Who needs to be involved and when? Is there a timeline in place? Are all stakeholders aware of it? Does everyone understand the role, the criteria and what good looks like?. Get diaries aligned, ensure job specs, adverts and supporting materials are up to date and ready to share.
Also, think about the objectives of your recruitment activity – being able to articulate the ‘whys’ is helpful. Why do you are you recruiting? Why now? Why this particular skill-set?
Chances are you’ll already have a business case for the role, so you should be able to articulate the problem you’re trying to solve or the opportunity to aiming to realise by making this appointment.
But it should never simply be a case of dusting-off a previous job spec.
By working with the right people you within your organisation, ensure the role profile accurately reflects what you’re trying to achieve, that it’s realistic and that the role you’re describing actually exists elsewhere (more about this in Locate, below). None of this is rocket science, so it’s surprising how few people prepare effectively for a recruitment project.