Managing your staff: workforce planning
Attract, recruit and select workers
Businesses compete for the best talent, and if your business can attract the best staff you'll have a competitive advantage.
The downloadable resources on this page are referred to in Your Workforce - a workforce planning guide.
The following factors, in order of importance to new recruits, are considered attractive:
- Training and development opportunities.
- Remuneration and upfront salary advertising.
- Enjoyable workplace culture and environment.
- Flexible hours and working arrangements.
- Straightforward application process.
When recruiting staff, follow all of these steps:
Step 1. Identify the job vacancy.
Step 2. Undertake a job analysis to identify which skills are required.
Step 3. Update the job description and selection criteria.
Step 4. Determine how you’re going to assess each candidate’s suitability.
Step 5. Devise a recruitment plan to advertise the vacancy.
Step 6. Create a short-list based on the selection criteria.
When selecting staff, follow all of these steps:
Step 1. Organise a date, place and time for the selection process.
Step 2. Notify the candidates you wish to interview.
Step 3. Devise selection tools such as interview questions and forms.
Step 4. Organise other interviewers if you are using a panel interview.
Step 5. Check references of shortlisted candidates.
Step 6. Ensure the selection process is fair for all candidates.
Step 7. Make your decision and notify the successful candidate.
Step 8. Advise unsuccessful applicants.
Step 9. Generate a formal offer of employment.
Last updated: 05 February 2020
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