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Compromising on Candidates

With the latest UK employment statistics (Aug 2017) showing that the UK employment is currently at 75% – the highest since modern records began in 1971 it’s not surprising that many businesses are finding it hard to fill key roles. It is often not possible to find candidates who are 100% fit to your job brief. We are encouraging our clients to widen their candidate brief.

As a recruiter or HR professional the task of convincing a line manager that their brief is too exacting (in today’s market) will often fall to you. Here’s my advice to help if you are in this situation:

Do your research – speak to an expert recruiter to get an assessment of the market and the likely candidate pool

Communicate with the line manager early in the process – and highlight the likely candidate pool and difficulties for a role

Draw up a list of the essential skills, experiences and attributes for the role and decide which you could consider compromising on (think about what can & can’t be taught/trained)

Instruct an expert recruiter in your industry and ask them to provide detailed feedback on their searches (including responses from candidates who have been approached) – use this as ‘ammunition’ to help persuade the line manager that their requirements may not be realistic.

If you need help with any automotive vacancies please get in touch: julia@copelandselect.co.uk


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