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What's Important When Hiring?

What's Important When Hiring?

23 Oct 09:00 by Nicole Afflick

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Hiring a new employee can prove to be a challenge however, hiring the right employee requires even more detail. Taking on the wrong employee can cost your business a lot of money, with the addition of a lot of time wasted on searching, recruiting and training, but there are some key tips to take on board to increase your chances of making a successful hire. With over a decade of experience working with hiring managers, we have derived 5 key factors to consider when hiring a new employee.


1. Define the Role

It is important for those involved in the hiring process to truly understand what it is they're looking for in the potential candidate. The analysis and definition of the role should cover the responsibilities, skills, duties and personality of the ideal employee. A detailed job breakdown should assist you in coming up with the job description, and if this job description describes perfectly what you're looking for, then your chances of finding the right person are increased.

2. Salary Survey

Taking up some market research on the average salary/rate of the role you are advertising is an important factor in competing for the best candidates. Let's face it, if you're offering £40,000 and another company is offering £50,000 your likely to be scrolled past on the job boards. Before you make any offers to your candidates, you should also ask what their salary expectations are to ensure this is in line with what you can offer.

3. Pre-screening

Reading a CV can tell you a person's work history, but it does not inform you on how this person will fit within your company on a personality/cultural basis. Every business has a certain ethos and culture, and hiring someone who doesn't fit within that can cause issues, which can result in costing money to replace them. Using pre-screening methods such as Kensington V.I.P. can help you to ensure you hire right first time, as well as avoiding spending time and money on unsuccessful first stage interviews.

4. Interviewing Techniques

The interview is a crucial part of the hiring process as it should display whether or not the candidate is right for the role. The role you are recruiting for may alter the method you use for your interview depending on what information and skills you wish to identify in the candidate. Having the same set of questions for all candidates will allow you to distinguish the best suitable person for the role by benchmarking the best answered questions. 

5. References

Before offering the role to a potential employee, it is essential that you run a background check to ensure all of their skills, credentials and experience are accounted for. As well as confirming their CV is all accurate, this conversation should be utilised to understand how they operated on a personal basis in their previous role to gain an insight as to whether or not they will adapt well to your company.


Here at Kensington Consulting we take a partnership approach with our clients to ensure the recruitment process is seamless. During this process we take a detailed project brief to ensure we understand what you're looking for but also your company's core wants and needs. If you wish to speak with a consultant today to discuss how we can assist you click here.