Thinking about employing staff? Here are some questions to ask before you even advertise.

Teamfinder spends almost every day working with different organisations on their recruitment needs - from start ups to large business.  Engaging with prospective employers early on in the process, we’ve been alongside our clients from their fist idea to employ a new staff member. Before taking the step into employing either your first team member or your 15th, it’s critical to take the opportunity to check off some basics before staring the recruitment process. Here are some key concepts to work through at the beginning of the recruitment process to guarantee great outcomes for your business.

Why are you employing now?

Clearly understanding why you are going to market for candidates seems basic, however many businesses start the recruitment process without a clear reason. The recruitment process can be involved, long and sometimes emotional. Understanding and articulating a clear reason to employ a candidate without a business is more critical than many think.

Have you worked out the basics of the role?

Understanding why you are going to market for candidates is one thing, but do you understand the responsibilities and tasks of the role? Working out reporting lines, the salary, the title and what type of experience or fit the person needs to be to bring to the role will be critical to a successful outcome. Be brave and take the time to truly understand the gaps in your business - and the weaknesses both in skills and culture which need solutions. Finding the right candidate may go some way to closing some of those gaps and deficiencies in your business.

Are you replacing someone who resigned?

Unless it was an amicable separation, most of the time employers are surprised and worried by resignations. If going to market to replace your previous employee is an urgency in your business, so is making sure you’re aware of why the resignation happened in the first place. Taking the time to talk with others may uncover cultural, team structure or problems with daily duties which require resolution. If not, your next employee may walk back out the door not long after they arrive.

Can you promote internally?

When considering options for senior roles, always look at internal talent. New talent may bring a depth of education, international experience or a different mentality to your business. While your existing employees may be linked to awkward moments at the last Christmas party, or a known tendency to laugh a little too loud in the office, the truth is often the best candidate for the role is one you already know.

Can you afford to employ, or can you afford not to employ?

Yes you may be busy right not but it is long term, are you growing because of growth you have experienced or growth that you are predicting? Is the role sustainable and will the work still be there in six months time? Or can the opposite be said? Your business is growing rapidly and you sorely need the support or expertise that a new team member can bring.

Do you have a detailed job description and expectations for the role?

Again, an obvious idea but one often forgotten. A job description is critical for finding the right candidate. Based on the principle of knowing what you want before you start the process, the right candidate may be scared off by an unprepared employer without a clear description of what is required.

Understanding your recruitment needs are critical and taking the time to ask questions about the role will go a long way to ensuring that you find the right fit for your business.  Don't underestimate the importance of thinking about your recruitment needs ensuring that you have a clear defined role prior to advertising your next role.

Dan Jones - Managing Partner Teamfinder

About Teamfinder Teamfinder is a recruitment company which connects great businesses with great candidates, we like to do things a little differently so we also offer comprehensive training packages, fixed rate recruitment, and most importantly we help save you time and money.

If you would like to know more about how Teamfinder can support your business with your next recruitment needs then get in touch with us either through our website at via email at or give us a call on 07 3268 2452  

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