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Recruitment 101: Once you've created a candidate short-list, follow these three steps to start the selection process

by , 09 October 2014
Recruitment and selection go hand-in-hand.

Recruitment is the process of finding applicants who are available and qualified to fill positions in the organisation and selection is choosing the individual who's best qualified for the position.

For the purposes of this article, we'll focus on the selection process because it's often misunderstood and this leads to employers choosing the candidate who isn't the right fit.

Keep reading to discover three steps you must follow to start the selection process so you can get the best candidate out there.


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Recruitment 101: Here are three steps you must follow to start the selection process

 
Step 1: Use the correct interview method
 
In this article, we explain that there are various types of interviews methods you can use and each has its own merits. Some of the interview methods you can use include:
 
  • An unstructured interview;
  • A structured interview;
  • A mixed interview; and
  • A competency based interview.
 
Step 2: Consider using psychometric (psychological) assessments
 
These are usually expensive! If you plan to use them, screen candidates down to a short-list, then send only them for psychometric assessments.
 
Most assessment providers will suggest a range of assessments to determine cognitive potential and thinking style as well as personality to predict job performance.
 
Step 3: Consider skills assessments and knowledge tests
 
According to Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, skills assessments and knowledge tests can predict whether a candidate will be successful in the job and if he currently has the skills to do it. Skills assessments can take the form of:
 
  • Simulated exercises;
  • Completing tasks; or
  • Role-play exercises;
 
You can use a combination to identify the most suitable candidate.
 
Here's the bottom line: How well you assess a candidate's skills will determine the quality of your recruitment decision. So once you've created a candidate short-list, follow these three steps to start the selection process so you can get the best candidate out there.
 
PS: If you want to ensure every step of your recruitment process is legal and effective, we strongly recommend you check out Recruitment: The Complete Guide.


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