Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How Can I Make Sure I've Recruited the Best People?

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How Can I Make Sure I've Recruited the Best People?

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Byline: Ask James Caan

Dear James I am looking for fresh talent for my business and I would like some tips on hiring -- especially what to ask in the interview.

Kathryn At my organisation, no matter what role we are recruiting for, we meet candidates at least three times -- sometimes as many as five. I always get someone in my team involved in the first interview. As well as knowing what questions to ask they can also give the candidate a good idea of what to expect from the job they are applying for.

It's hard to tell straight away if you are taking on the right person, but aim to keep mistakes to a minimum. After all, recruitment can be incredibly expensive and time consuming. When we have shortlisted the final candidates we like them to carry out a practical task such as a presentation or preparing a report -- there is no point taking someone on if he or she can't actually deliver from a brief on something that is relevant to the job. …

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