How to Ensure You Recruit the Right Team

Recruiting the right team is not an exact science. It can be a tough, expensive and time-consuming process. The cost of making a poor hire can seriously damage your business. Having said this, surrounding yourself with the right mixture of skills can be the key to success. Here are a few essential tips from Innovate UK to ensure you recruit the right team.

Be Honest About Affordability

“Make key hires that can fill skill gaps and complement existing staff to help you reach the next level”
Zac Williams, Founder and Director of GradTouch.

Making a full-time hire is a huge commitment, don’t just assume it’s your best option. Freelancers are an ideal resource for startups or SMEs. There are numerous benefits of working with freelancers:

· You can use someone with experience and expertise

· You don’t have to pay the hefty price of a full-time hire

· You don’t have to commit long-term

· You can scale the work load up or down to meet demand

Hire the Skills You Need

“Growth is not just about profit bigger budgets allow us to use skilled freelancers, increasing the quality of our output”
Graeme McGowan, Creative Partner at Jamhot.

When you’re growing, it can be tempting to hire quickly. Don’t just jump at the first opportunity. Evaluate the strengths and gaps in your current team. Is there anywhere you’re lacking? Most entrepreneurs build a team around their own skillset. To grow, you need to broaden out and add something extra.

It’s also important to look at the individual you want to take on. Do they fit your company culture? Can you offer the challenges and progression they’re craving?

Explore All Options

“Utilising specialist websites for your industry can give quicker access to appropriate skills”
Gary Cassey, MD of Cass Productions.

Where do you look for new hires? There are numerous channels to consider. A recruitment agency can be the obvious first choice, though they’re often expensive.

Another potential starting point is online job boards. These can be very helpful but need to be approached in the right way. The largest job boards tend to be less cost effective for startups. Explore niche sites that specialise in your sector. These are often far cheaper and more relevant.

Look towards your network. The ideal candidate could be a LinkedIn connection away. Social media channels also present a great platform for advertising your vacancies.

Scrutinise Your Applicants

“99% of being successful is about having the right attitude. Those people can learn new skills”
James Vizor, CEO of RULE Recruitment.

Before you invite anyone in for an interview, it’s important to know what you’re looking for. This doesn’t just refer to an individual’s skillset but their personal traits too. You don’t have to take a traditional approach to this. If you’re unsure, consider looking at what other successful businesses seek. For example, in a recent article, Sir Richard Branson describes three crucial traits he wants from employees:

· People skills — Can they relate to and treat others well?

· Risk-taking and grit — Are they scared of failure? Are they determined to succeed?

· Optimism — Can they see the best in others and their own situation?

It’s important to think about what your recruitment process says about your company. Employer brand is a hot topic at the moment. The way your business comes across will determine which type of applicants you receive. Pay close attention to this and do your best to communicate your culture.

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