It can be difficult finding the right person for your role, here are some quick tips to get you started.
Look for them on Social Media
When deciding whether or not to interview a candidate it is a good idea to look for them on social media. Viewing their personal profile on sites like Facebook and Twitter gives you a real insight into what they are like a person, as well as allowing you to see their spelling & grammar. Twitter is also great to find out if your potential employee has any extreme views on anything, good to know before you consider introducing them to the rest of your team.
Look ‘outside the box’ regarding their enthusiasm for the position
Social Media is not only great for giving you an insight into what your potential employee is like as a person, it is also a good way to check their enthusiasm for the role/industry that they have applied for. Many candidates will burst at the seams with enthusiasm for Social Media during their interview, but if you struggle to find a profile for them on social media, it could be the case that they don’t necessarily understand or ‘get’ it. Why not ask if they have a personal blog or have been part of any online discussions.
Help them prepare for their interview
It is worth having some email correspondence with the candidate prior to the interview and to encourage them to ask any questions they may have. Especially if the candidate does not have much work experience, it could even be worth sending them a brief overview of what to expect in the interview. Helping your candidate to prepare for the interview will ease their nerves, and will allow you to see their best qualities. Why not ask them to have a prepared list of their Soft Skills or hobbies.
Consider a telephone interview
Even if, on paper, the candidate looks perfect for your company, it could be a good idea to arrange a telephone interview prior to meeting them face-to-face. This will give you more of an insight into their motivation and suitability for the role. It also means that you can hear their telephone manner first hand, this is important if the role requires good telephone etiquette.
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You could also visit our Interviewing Apprentices: Dos and Don’ts blog for more guidance on hiring a young apprentice.
We have a great Apprentice Recruitment team here at The Apprentice Academy, who are happy to help with the process. Feel free to call them on 0161 200 1673 for a chat or even a coffee!