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Selecting Candidates

by Alison Hawkins
Date: Oct 2014

Tips & Advice for Employers - Selecting Candidates

This month, Swindale Parks is dedicating its Twitter and Team Talk pages to helping employers understand the best practices in selecting and interviewing potential candidates for their next vacancy. We'll be kicking off with how to shortlist candidates for an interview.

Depending on the nature of the role, it isn't uncommon to receive in excess of 100 applications for a single vacancy, and the thought of reading and analysing each individual CV and covering letter can be daunting even for the most experienced HR Manager. Therefore, it is crucial to set in place certain criteria before starting.

In an ideal world, your job advertisement will already contain your mandatory and desirable criteria, but if not, draft up a list that you can use whilst sifting through the CVs. In one column, list the qualifications, skills and traits that your perfect candidate must have, and in the second column list the desirables. Your desirables list should be roughly twice as long as the mandatory one. Here's a very brief and simplified example for a Marketing Executive vacancy:

Mandatory Criteria

Desirable Criteria

Educated to A' Level standard

CIM Qualified

At least 1 years' experience in Marketing

Experience in an agency environment

Strong copywriting skills

Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite

Experience in using social media for business

Experience in creating a marketing strategy

 

Knowledge in the business' sector

 

Event/Exhibition experience

 

 Previous campaign management experience

The most important thing to get right at this stage is to find the perfect balance between being flexible and focused. If you're too flexible, you might end up with far too many candidates to interview, using up a great deal of your valuable time. Be too focused however and you may miss out on that perfect candidate who just couldn't put their skills into words quite as well.

As a starting point, filter through the CVs you have received and keep a pile of all those who meet every one of your mandatory criteria. If this leaves you with your ideal number of candidates to interview, then great. If not, you may have to conduct a second filter of this pile to check for desirable criteria until you have your perfect selection.

Of course, as much as these techniques may save you time, why not save further by talking to us at Swindale Parks to see how we can assist you? We can coordinate all job advert responses and work with your criteria to determine which candidates you will want to interview, freeing up your time for those other tasks that often get forgotten about.

To speak to any of our recruitment consultants, simply give us a call on 0121 585 6079.

 

 

References

http://www.simplifiedrecruitment.com/
http://www.totaljobs.com/
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