But, I hear you ask, even if I do advertise, I don’t get any applications! Or, alternatively, some SMEs don’t like to advertise themselves because they receive too many applications!
In the UK there are a number of job boards that dominate the marketplace – Indeed, reed.co.uk, Totaljobs, and CV Library are 4 of the largest ‘generic’ job boards. There are many hundreds (possibly thousands) of others but unless you are looking at niche or very sector specific roles then these three probably serve most purposes.
The big difference between Indeed and the other 3 large players is that Indeed is what is known as an aggregator. What that means is that it uses technology to ‘scrape’ jobs from across the internet and re-post them on its own website.
Indeed do offer the ability to post jobs directly to their site as well and this can be done free of charge. I think what most SMEs fall foul of is that the Indeed machine then calls and persuades you that you need to pay for advertising with them, otherwise your role will disappear from the front page within seconds and won’t easily be found by job seekers.
To be honest, I remain unconvinced. Our full guide explains why!
There is no right or wrong answer to the first bit of interviewing – do you screen people over the phone? Do you interview via Zoom or Teams? Do you conduct face-to-face interviews? There is merit in each and you need to decide which is right for you.
Telescreening candidates can save a lot of wasted time if you have a clear requirement and you feel you can fairly assess people in a 5 – 10 minute conversation. This may involve asking them some questions about their experience? Or about their understanding of your organisation and the role they have applied for? Or what their ambitions are?
What you should never do is spring a call on a candidate without notice! This could not only compromise the candidate (they could be at work, or with a work colleague and unable to speak freely). They also need to arrange to be in a quiet setting, a phone fully charged and time to remind themselves of the job advert and why they applied.
At the start of this article, I shared the costs that SMEs were incurring in their recruitment activity (£80,000 per annum). That excludes the admin costs of managing all the queries, the interview arrangements, the offers and the rejections etc.
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