Basics of the recruitment process

Published: 02nd December 2008
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Some people may not have used Recruitment companies before whether they are the traditional walk in office companies or the newer online job sites. So we thought we would take a look at the recruitment process that you can expect with any reputable recruitment company.
There are various ways that recruitment companies can source candidates, these included job boards, advertising, headhunting, sponsorship and networking. Different job types and industry sectors will require different types of sourcing. For example high up management jobs will more likely use the headhunting approach rather than the candidate submitted their CV.
Once a candidate has been found, they will go through a screening process before being added to a recruitment company's database. This will include initial telephone interviews, face to face interviews competition of forms and proving you are eligible to work and who you are, submitting your CV and giving references.
Most companies will have highly trained consultants who will interview you and assess what type of jobs you are suited for and have the right skills for. A lot of time and effort will be placed into this as they have a reputation to maintain and will not want to send unsuitable candidates.
References are an important part of recruitment as the companies need to assess your experience from previous jobs. These references will usually involve phone conversations especially for higher profile jobs, but written references will be used when these aren't available.
References will be used to establish your background, quality of work, integrity, relationships with previous work mates and the reason you left.
As well as references, recruitment companies will also check up on criminal convictions, eligibility to work, qualifications and disabilities.
Once all this has been established it is time to match you up with the right employers and job sectors. This will vary with different types of recruitment companies, but will usually involve matching job seekers up to the most suitable job types using written job briefs provided by the employers looking for candidates. A interview will usually take place with the recruitment company to establish a candidates suitability before they are even sent for an interview with the company.
Before sending a candidate for an interview, a good recruitment firm will brief them on the employer they will be visiting. This will include the company history, what they do, culture, responsibilities and what the job will entail. This process will hopefully help raise any questions a candidate will have and also give them the information they need to make a great impression.
The next stage is the all important job interview where the candidate will be assessed to see if they are right for the job. Depending on the employer and role, this may involve various stages of interviews and assessment. The final part of the recruitment company will be candidate feedback, where they will talk to the candidates and give them constructive feedback from the companies so the candidate can hopefully improve for the next post they apply for.
Hopefully this article has cleared up some of the mysteries behind the recruitment process.

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This article was written on behalf of Martin Ward Anderson who provide financial recruitment for public sector jobs, jobs in finance such as accountant jobs.

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