Job Hiring Process
If you’re on the job search for the first time, or you’ve been on the job scene after a long break an introduction into the employee recruitment and selection process will help you reduce your anxiety about CV writing and interviews. Remember that many people are in the same situation so getting a better picture of what you should expect will give you a head start. Below is the complete job hiring and recruitment process.
Advertising the Vacancy
Most job hiring processes start with the employer advertising any vacancies. Depending on the level of the role, these can be listed in local newspapers, on jobsites, and company career websites, in specialist business magazines or professional hiring agencies and at job fairs. Each advert usually states the job title, and a list of the sort of qualities that the candidate should pocess to be considered for the role. The advert should also state how to apply for the job, such as with an application form or where to send your CV, and the date which your application must be received. background checks
Sorting the Applications
Once the final date has been reached, the employer will sift through the applications which have been received and collate the applications from candidates which appear to have the necessary skills, or seem interesting and worth proceeding to the next stage. Short–listed candidates are then contacted for the next stage in the process.
In these trying times most job adverts receive a large number of applications from worthy candidates. In the event that a sufficient number of applications has not been received, the employer may choose to readvertise the position or extend the deadline. The employer has no obligation to let the applicants know about these changes, or offer any feedback at all, so it’s worth getting in touch after a couple of weeks to make sure your application has been received, and to get some feedback.
The next stage for successful candidates is usually an interview, and this experience will differ from one organisation to another. In a larger company a first interview is usually conducted by the HR (Human Resources) manager to ensure you have the right attitude, and then successful candidates are recalled to a second interview with the line manager and section manager to make sure you have the specific skills you claim to have, and how you will fit into the team. In smaller companies you may be interviewed by the manager alone.
During an interview a candidate can expect to be asked about their previous work experience, their strengths and weaknesses, future goals, capability and general personality. There is much information on the internet about example interview questions. Try to answer all the questions put to you with a smile and making eye contact (but not aggressive!). You should always attend an interview prepared and looking smart and professional. It is always better to overdress! At the end of the interview you will usually have a chance to ask a question, so make sure that you have a question prepared.