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Help for small firms

Recruiting an employee: A step-by-step guide

Recruiting an employee - Be prepared and know the basics

  • Stand back and take a look at your business - where it's come from and where it's going - and plan your staffing needs.
  • Pinpoint the key tasks of a job, and the personal qualities such as skills and knowledge essential for the post, and make these clear when you advertise the vacancy.
  • Advertise through at least two different channels - the many choices include job websites, social media, the local newspaper and the Jobcentre - so you do not end up with candidates from too narrow an audience.
  • Choosing candidates for interview, and the interviews themselves, should be done by more than one person if possible to avoid unintended bias.
  • Offer the going rate for the job in your business sector.
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