- Posted Tuesday May 12, 2015
Whether a member of staff just handed in their notice, or you need some new skills and manpower to help your practice, it’s best to start thinking about recruitment sooner rather than later in order to find the best fit.
The decision to recruit a completely new member of staff or not (particularly if your aren’t necessarily replacing anyone) is difficult. Recruiting can be both expensive and time consuming and this can often result in some hesitation, so before you start looking to replace employees (or hire new ones) it is important to look at your staffing needs in relation to the objectives of your business.
Taking the future of your business into consideration is vital - you may not need the role to be filled immediately or you may be expecting an immediate increase in workload which would be eased with more staff.
You should ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you looking to employ someone to help with increased work? If so, is this increase expected to last?
- Are you replacing an employee who has left? If so, why did the previous employee leave and what skills and experience have you lost?
- Do you need to bring in a new skill to your business that none of your existing employees have?
- What will be the impact of taking on a new staff member? Do you have somewhere for them to sit? Will you need to buy new equipment for them?
- Do you need cover for yourself in the long term?
Getting your job advert noticed
After answering these questions, if you have come to the decision that hiring is the right thing to do there are many ways you can go about advertising for your available role including on recruitment websites, in newspapers and magazines, speaking to recruiters end even promoting the vacancy in your own window.
Advertising in as many places as possible is a great way to reach a wider audience, which hopefully means you’re more likely to get a larger response from prospective employees. Job sites that are specifically targeted at the industry or job role are also useful as you will be targeting the correct job seekers for the role.
Interview preparation and advice
When it comes to deciding who to call in for an interview there are many factors you need to think about. From finding someone who will fit well within the business to someone who has the right skills and qualifications, whilst also taking into account the legal requirements involved in the process.
There are many things you can do to make sure you’re prepared for the interview process and to make the task of employing someone new less daunting:
- Get a strategy – plan ahead, know what questions to ask and think about what you may be asked in return.
- Research your candidate – make sure you learn their name and remember any other relevant information from their CV.
- Keep on top of your admin – you don’t want any delays on your part causing problems with the recruitment process.
- Look and act professional – you are representing the business so give a good impression.
- Take notes – there will be a lot of information which you may need to consult at a later date, so make sure you have it all written down.
- Look at the total package – you want to make sure you hire the right candidate so take everything into account.
- Maintain a personal contact with the successful candidate – Make their first experience with the company is a positive one.
Choosing the right candidate
If you’re worried about making a final decision this is a great time to get other staff members involved as they may see something in a candidate that you didn’t.
It is a good idea to ask yourself the same questions you considered before placing a vacancy advert. What skills and experience have you lost? Do you need to bring a new skill in? How well will they fit in with the rest of the practice?
If you would like further help with recruitment, you might want to consider First Practice Management’s recruitment services. We offer a comprehensive recruitment service for GP Practices providing help in searching for all types of roles within general practice. If you would like further information you can call us on 0333 240 4010.
Alternatively, if you would like to place an advertisement with First Practice Management (FPM) Group, details on how to advertise can be found on our website.
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