Re­cruit­ment: Im­por­tant to get it right

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By BRID­GET RAY

MANY of you on farms now will be think­ing about re­cruit­ment for next sea­son. This is a very im­por­tant job; if you don’t get it right the reper­cus­sions are many. How­ever it is not a job that many en­joy and it is not al­ways a job peo­ple do well.

If re­cruit­ment is not a job you look for­ward to or one you are not con­fi­dent of get­ting right, I would sug­gest you em­ploy some­one else to do it. This will cost money but not as much as if you get it wrong.

Some con­sul­tants like Farm­Wise can carry out all or some of the process, for ex­am­ple, short list­ing and ref­er­ence check­ing, or help­ing with the in­ter­views.

It is im­por­tant that the per­son you em­ploy is some­one you be­lieve you can build a strong work­ing re­la­tion­ship with, this does not mean they need to be like you, in fact the op­po­site can be healthy if well man­aged.

The first step is cre­at­ing the job de­scrip­tion. You need to sit down and think ex­actly what type of per­son you need and then write your ad­ver­tise­ment.

Fen­ce­post (www.fon­—is a free and pop­u­lar way to ad­ver­tise, you will nor­mally get a large num­ber of re­sponses and these will

When car­ry­ing out ref­eree checks lis­ten care­fully to what the per­son is of­ten not say­ing about the po­ten­tial can­di­date and look for com­mon an­swers from the ref­er­ees, if there is in­con­sis­tency be cau­tious.

Once you have short­listed your ap­pli­cants the in­ter­view process can be­gin. Make sure you have a list of ques­tions to ask dur­ing the

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