essential previous learningHiring New Employees

Selection Process

Making strategic hiring decisions

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise that a structured selection process will assist you to hire the right staff and save your business time and money.
  • Adopt our attraction strategy to create an extensive list of applicants for your business to select from.
  • Look at both internal and external sources when searching for potential candidates.
  • Use our step-by-step guide to adopt a selection process that will increase your hiring effectiveness.


For most people managing a small- to medium-sized business, the decision to hire a new employee arises either because the workload has increased due to growth of the business or someone has resigned. Either way, it usually means that, as a business owner or manager, you are busy and at risk of making a rushed choice in the recruitment process. This is why it is essential to have a selection process in place that will ensure you make the right hiring decisions, which will save you valuable time and money in the long run.

Be clear on what you need

Firstly, you need a clearly laid out job description.  This comes from completing the job specification process, outlining what you need to be done and what skills will be required. This will ensure that you are well placed to attract and select the best possible candidate for the role. If you have not completed this step or are unsure, we suggest you first read the other learning articles in this section. Once you are armed with a precise idea of what you need the person to do, and what knowledge, skills and experience are essential in the role, you can start your search.

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