Recruitment: Important to get it right
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.fonterra.com)—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