What is your hiring process?

GemmaRowlands

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When you are advertising for a job within your company, what is the process that you go through before deciding upon the person that you will hire?

Our hiring process is:

- A screening process including a couple of maths and English tests
- A telephone interview for those who pass that first stage
- Face to face interview
- Training day with the other candidates
- Final staff are chosen, given a month's trial, and one candidate is taken on from this

I find that it works well, and those who don't end up being taken on are still able to get quite a good deal of experience, so it is something that is well worth it for many people.

What is the process that you go through? And what is your logic behind each of the steps that you take?
 

Fuzyon

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Re: What is your hiring process?

Hmm, you seem to have a great process. I'd argue that the English/maths tests are a little bit pointless, especially if that person also has a little bit of experience but I guess it's always better to be safe than sorry. I also like to ask candidates some questions specific to their domain. For example "If you would shrink to the size of a nickel, how would you get out of a blender?" and things like that.
 

Corzhens

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Re: What is your hiring process?

The hiring of staff is actually handled by our Human Resource department although the initiative to hire come from the user departments. As a user, we also provide the basic requirement regarding the position. When the applicants have passed the preliminaries of the HR, they are sent to us for the first interview (which I normally handle). And when okay, the applicant goes for the second interview which is handled by my boss. Usually those interviews are held subsequently. And the HR will receive our evaluation on the applicant.
 

GemmaRowlands

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Re: What is your hiring process?

Hmm, you seem to have a great process. I'd argue that the English/maths tests are a little bit pointless, especially if that person also has a little bit of experience but I guess it's always better to be safe than sorry. I also like to ask candidates some questions specific to their domain. For example "If you would shrink to the size of a nickel, how would you get out of a blender?" and things like that.
To some extent, I agree with you about the English and maths tests. However, I like my candidates to be proficient in English, and the maths tests that we use show some kind of logical work patterns, so it is great for joining our company.

In addition to this, though, it can help to show who is actually committed to the application process. If they complete both of the tests then they obviously aren't just doing it to tick a box with the Job Centre - they do actually want to come and work for us. So it can help to find out whether they are serious about it or not.

The tests we use aren't too taxing, to be honest, it's just to make sure that the people who get through the initial stage have a general understanding of various things that would be useful in the role.
 

Fuzyon

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Re: What is your hiring process?

To some extent, I agree with you about the English and maths tests. However, I like my candidates to be proficient in English, and the maths tests that we use show some kind of logical work patterns, so it is great for joining our company.

In addition to this, though, it can help to show who is actually committed to the application process. If they complete both of the tests then they obviously aren't just doing it to tick a box with the Job Centre - they do actually want to come and work for us. So it can help to find out whether they are serious about it or not.

The tests we use aren't too taxing, to be honest, it's just to make sure that the people who get through the initial stage have a general understanding of various things that would be useful in the role.
Didn't think about people trying to apply to a job just for the sake of it, but I guess those tests got this covered! :D
Thanks for the explanation, it's always good to get a feel for how a future employee thinks and does his work.
 

GenevB

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Re: What is your hiring process?

There are a lot of people who would apply to tens of jobs just so they do not remain without one, it's pretty annoying to think that these persons might get simple persons jobs and then drop them because they got accepted somewhere else, and a person that applied to the same job these person drops would apply again because they think the post has been already taken.
 

GemmaRowlands

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Re: What is your hiring process?

Yeah this can be a problem, however I'm not sure what we could do about it. When you're applying for work, it can be so difficult that you just have to apply to everything that you think you might be good at. But as a result of this, yes, there may be a number of roles that you are offered that you have to turn down. We usually have a shortlist of people who have done well at their interview, and then if the first person turns the job down we will then offer it to somebody else on the list. We find that this tends to work quite well, and more often than not we can fill whatever post we're hiring for, even if the first person doesn't get it.
 

Corzhens

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Re: What is your hiring process?

One staff in our HR department told me that they receive at least a hundred applications daily since it is easier now because applicants can submit their application via email or thru our website. In screening that 100 applications, you can imagine the work involved and to think that it is an every day affair. One person cannot handle that since there is a hierarchy involved - one sorts out the applications by position and pre-checks the requirements while the next would be checking the details and the third would be verifying if the applicant qualifies for an interview.
 
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