Recruitment – it’s more than just a skills thing

As we all know, making sure you find the right candidate is the key to completing a successful recruitment process, however in today’s workplace, finding someone with the right cultural fit can be just as important as their skill set. After all, on average 50% of our waking hours in any one working day are spent in work, and so we find that our colleagues become in essence, our ‘work family’.


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So how can we ensure that the person we offer the job to will slot into our ‘work family’ dynamic? There are a number of techniques you can learn that will give you the skills and know-how to help people feel more comfortable in an interview situation, which will subsequently help them give the best interview they can. If someone feels relaxed in a situation, they will feel more comfortable and you will then be able to get a better impression of who they are and what skills, qualities and potential they have, which in turn will allow you to see if they are a ‘good fit’.

One aspect of the CIPD qualification is a workshop dedicated to all aspects of recruitment. This helps HR professionals develop the right techniques and skills to facilitate a successful recruitment and interview process. This will then support them in making the right decision for the team and organisation by choosing the best candidate – someone who has the required job skills and knowledge alongside the right cultural fit.

I have recently completed the recruitment workshop with CIPD, which involved creating an ‘Interview Pack’ and for me this has been great practice to prepare for my next role. I will soon be starting a new role as a Recruitment Consultant and I feel the CIPD course will help me do a more effective job. The ‘Interview Pack’ will be a great way for me to help get the most out of the potential candidates I will be dealing with and putting forward for roles.

This has been a really interesting workshop and certainly made me think in more detail about recruitment and finding the right candidate.

There are a number of techniques you can learn that will give you the skills and know-how to help people feel more comfortable in an interview situation.

David Hawthorne