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How to hire fast when you need to

By David Lawrence |

Sometimes when a position becomes vacant in your organisation, you need it filled as quickly as possible without embarking on a time-consuming recruitment drive. Recruitment can be a costly business for a company, both in terms of monetary expense and the man hours lost as you sift through candidates, carry out interviews and narrow down your selection. When you need to recruit fast, here are just a few things to speed the process along.

Write a Killer Job Ad

Boring job adverts put off the best candidates, so wording is key if you want to attract the most talented individuals. A compelling job description which brims with excitement and enthusiasm will garner more interest, giving you more choice when it comes to selecting the best candidates.

Use Shorter Shortlists

Narrowing the list of candidates down as much as possible makes it easier to choose. You can use job-specific keywords to help filter out the most unsuitable applicants, leaving you with a much shorter shortlist. Once you have your finalists, go with your gut and interview those you have a good feeling about and who tick the right boxes.

Call in Favours

Making use of your networking skills can help you plug that vacancy much faster. LinkedIn is a great tool if you're on the lookout for a top candidate who also happens to be on the lookout for a new position, making it a win-win situation for both of you. If you have any industry contacts who know of talented people on the hunt for a new challenge, call in some favours and have them put you in touch.

Outsource the Process

Perhaps the most effective way to speed up the recruitment process is to outsource the whole thing to a specialist company. The best recruitment agencies have a collection of talented individuals in their network and are already primed to match them to their ideal position. Not only does this save you spending your own time on the lengthy CV sifting and interview process, but it can also ultimately save you money and see you get the very best person for the job.


David Lawrence

Written by David Lawrence

David is the founder of Vine Resources.