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6 top tips for hiring the best professionals

It’s no secret that there is a national shortage of teaching professionals. What’s more, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recently slammed the Department for Education (DfES) for not having a coherent plan in place to tackle the retention and development of teachers.

In turn, this is placing more pressure on organisations across the sector to input a hiring strategy that works, especially if they want to attract the very best education professionals out there. Below, we’ll offer our advice on how you can hire the best professionals in the industry. 

1). Review your recruitment process

Firstly, take a step back and look at your current recruitment process. Is it fit for purpose? Are you asking too much of candidates? Do they have to fill in lengthy application forms? Do they have to complete difficult or off-putting interview tasks? While you might think these are all necessary parts of the recruitment process, they could be putting people off applying to your jobs altogether.

Alongside this, avoid imposing pre-application referencing. It can be difficult for professionals to take time out of work to attend interviews at the best of times, let alone if it’s going to create an awkward atmosphere with their current employer

2). Perfect your job description

The job description is the first glimpse that a candidate has of your company. It should clearly outline the key roles and responsibilities, and the skills and experience required for the role. In addition, you should try to include a couple of lines about your institution, where you are based and any other points that may make you stand out. After all, it’s a fairly competitive market out there right now.

You need to ensure that the copy is clear and concise and that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes in the advert. A poorly put together job advert could put someone off applying for your job altogether, so it’s important to get this right.

3). Use the right platforms

Once you’ve perfected your job advert, it’s time to think about where you are going to post this. Job boards are one of your safest bets, because they tend to be home to millions of eager candidates who are ready and willing to look for work. This means that once you’ve uploaded your job posting, you can sit back and watch the applications roll in.

In addition, you can use these job boards to search for CVs and approach relevant candidates directly to see if they would be interested in your vacancy. Search criteria can be broken down by keywords, salary, location and job type – meaning you can easily filter out the right candidates for your roles.

4). Screen candidates

Once you’ve sifted through your applications and picked out the individuals you want to meet with, it’s worth having a short screening call to ensure that they are definitely worth inviting in for an interview. After all, you may find that their salary expectations are far higher than you’ll ever be able to offer, or that they’re looking for temporary work over a permanent contract.

Then, if you do choose to move forward with the interview, you could set them a pre-interview task to bring along to the meeting. This will enable you to see how they would operate in your working environment. For example, how would they make the curriculum more exciting, what after-school activities could they get involved in and how could they make a difference to your pupils?

5). Conduct an effective interview

It’s important to properly prepare for all interviews. You should have a standard list of questions to ask which reveal the true extent of the candidate’s skills, experience, knowledge and approach to work. You should then seek to ask some specific questions around the information they have included on their CV.

Interviews can be extremely nerve-wracking for professionals so it’s important to make them feel at ease and view the meeting as an open dialogue between the two of you. Remember, this is not only your first impression of them, but also their first impression of you, and if you want them to want to join your workplace, you need to build up strong rapport.

6). Make offers that they can’t refuse

Congratulations – you’re now ready to make your hire! Hopefully there should be no surprises here, but it’s important to make an offer that they won’t be able to refuse. As long as you are open throughout the recruitment process about the salary you are offering, and the benefits that they will receive while working for you, you should be in a good position to agree on a package that works for both parties.

In summary, recruiting can be stressful, particularly in the education industry where skill shortages are rife. Taking a step back and thinking about where you might be going wrong and ways to improve this is an important first step. Alongside this, think of the tools you could use to help you make effective hires. You only have a small window in which to impress candidates – don’t let it go to waste.