Although the figures for unemployment seem to be falling, most businesses that want to recruit new staff will probably find that they have so many applicants for their vacancies that it may seem an impossible task to get through the volume of applications in order to find the right person for the job. In the field of engineering this is even more important as it is a specialised role and companies will want to find someone with the right qualifications and experience. There are certain processes that will help ensure that businesses find the right person for the job.
Do not automate the interview selection process
HR departments are making increased use of software that will carry out many HR functions in a more efficient way than a member of staff could. While this can improve lots of processes, selecting candidates for interview is not one of them. It is a longer process for a member of staff to review every application, but this is likely to find more suitable potential employees than software which scans applications for keywords would. A person that is reading applications will have knowledge of what is needed for the job in a way that software cannot achieve, which this is why they are more likely to create a shortlist of more suitable applicants.
Hire people from reputable agencies
Using reputable oil and gas recruitment agencies can be one way for a business to find the type of engineer that they are looking for. The advantage of using this type of recruitment method is that a potential employee would have already been checked out by the agency and they will only refer people who meet the criteria that the business is looking for. People who have worked for this type of agency for a while are likely to have experience in similar roles that could stand them in good stead for the current role that the business is trying to fill. All references and other background checks may have already been carried out by the agency and they will be able to present this information to the business when they recommend someone for interview.
Make sure the interview has structure
The purpose of the interview is to find out more about the applicant and the skills that they could bring to the role, and also for the candidate to find out more information about what the job actually entails. In order for both these objectives to be met, the interview has to have a clear structure which is followed exactly so that nothing gets missed out. The person that is being interviewed should be given the opportunity to talk about their past experience and what skills they could bring to this role. It is also important that they have the chance to ask any questions. The same questions should be asked to all candidates that are being interviewed so that their responses can be compared fairly.
It can seem a daunting task for a business to find the right engineer for their needs, especially when the number of applicants for the job is high. Having a clear policy for recruitment in place can help, as this will enable the business to identify exactly what it is they are looking for in their new employee. When this has been established, it becomes easier to find the right person for the job from the sea of applicants that was once so daunting.