Recruitment Selection

Employers usually want to select recruits who have excellent academic records and lots of experience, but sometimes even the so-called "rough diamonds? are worth interviewing. Isilumko Staffing's Nritika Singh believes that if one looks deep enough you will find candidates who have enormous potential to become effective, loyal and valuable employees.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) will be setting new standards for potential recruits in the New Year. The days of the police service being the preferred home for those who were unsuccessful elsewhere are over. Instead, the police will embark on a focused recruitment drive aimed at turning the police force into an organisation of choice and brilliance.

Those working in recruitment have to deal with high levels of fraudulent activity around qualifications. Credentials verification provider Managed Integrity Evaluation helps companies put checks and balances in place to ensure that job applicants are who they say they are.

The media has been filled with reports calling the recruitment industry to change their operational methodologies and justify seemingly exorbitant rates. I have also heard hundreds of complaints from candidates about the increasing efforts by organisations to find exact fits for narrowly defined positions. What can these two divergent issues possibly have to do with each other? It might just be symptoms of a real need to change - both by recruiters and client companies.

Cosatu has published a letter from a workseeker, who questions the value of credit checks in a time economic depression and widespread unemployment.
As a recruiter or human resource practitioner, are you using credit checks (as opposed to criminal checks) to filter out applicants? Is this a reliable method in a country with levels of unemployment, and discouraged workseekers at around 40% of the economically active population?

Psychometric assessments are tests, exercises or questionnaires, designed by psychologists to measure cognition, behavioural and personality constructs of an individual. These tests further establish abilities, values, motivations and their interests or preferences.

They say, "a picture is worth a thousand words', well it would seems that a hand-written paragraph is worth even more! Graphology, more simply known as Handwriting Analysis, is becoming a popular and accepted means of assessing applicant personality prior to employment.

Changing corporate climate, coupled with an evolving HR industry, is creating a strong demand for business-minded, strategic HR executives across South Africa.
So says one of the country?s top headhunting companies, who report that HR professionals in the current era need to be armed with a set of strategic and commercial skills that differ quite substantially from the type of administrative-focused HR practises of the past.

Retention of talent, a popular phrase, is not formally planned for and implemented as much as is needed in South Africa, given the true cost of staff turnover - replacing staff is internationally estimated at between 90 percent to 2000 percent of annual salary, so no one is easily replaced.

A recent discussion on our sister site Skills-Universe tackled the topic of questions an employer cannot ask during a job interview. Many questions are off-limit for HR professionals and their line managers in the interview situation mainly because of their lack of relevance to the requirements of a job.

Employment in the formal non-agricultural business sector decreased between the end of March to the end of June 2009, Stats SA has announced. Specifically, in March, the figure stood at an estimated 8 326 000 employees to an estimated 8 259 000 employees in June.

A workplace study recently concluded that over 54% of employed adults said they were at least "somewhat likely' to look for another job when the economy improves and businesses begin to hire again. To borrow from a Wall Street expression, there might be a rush for the exits.

Instead of a personal assistant working with just one executive, he or she may work with two or three, and there are more men entering the field, as they have discovered its high earning potential, recent research has revealed.

"The initial contact with a client is so important, because it allows one to meet the client face-to-face, see the company?s premises and meet the individuals in the company who are the potential future employers,' says Geoffrey Allison.

Factors such as flexibility, corporate culture, career growth and overall benefits are becoming more important for the working individual, writes Inez van Aswegen. In fact, the ultimate decision maker has become the total package on offer - and this is what is driving individuals in their career choice.

SA companies looking to turn the corner once the economy improves should focus on recruiting scarce skills now in order to ready themselves for a return to the good times.

Whether we like it or not, the current recession has affected us all. Apart from the widely covered trends such as retrenchments, layoffs or placing staff on short time, a few noticeable trends have emerged as a result of the current economic climate.

Social media such as Facebook, MySpace, Titter and others are social recruiting tools that can share quality content and information more rapidly and effectively than any other medium, says Nritika Singh. They save clients money, reach wider audiences and serve as sourcing tools that meet passive readers.

"We started with a single idea - to place temporary staff - and today Kelly has moved beyond that," says founder Neville Mackay. Kelly Staffing Solutions celebrates 40 years in the recruiting industry this year.

"Whereas in the past returning South Africans could expect the pick of top career opportunities and several competing job offers within a short space of time, this is unlikely to be the case now," cautions Debbie Goodman-Bhyat.

Manpower's Talent Shortage Survey has revealed that 35% of employers in South Africa are struggling to find qualified job candidates, particularly in the engineering, skilled trades and accounting and finance industry sectors.

By using the same concept an individual uses when she wants to stop smoking - by changing the entire way she goes about her life - she can leverage good patterns and break bad ones. By making this choice to change and integrating it with business effectively, between 70 and 90% of people can be successfully changed.

Older workers provide experience and cost saving opportunities in the form of training new staff and, according to a recent survey, almost a third of all employees nearing retirement requested to work beyond their intended retirement date. What are you doing to maximise your workers' presence, and help them prepare for retirement?

"Good leaders know how to deliver and they aren?t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get involved in groundwork wherever necessary - now is not a time for "airs and graces?," says Madge Gibson.

What can local employers do to represent themselves as companies of choice, as talented expatriates return from a frozen job market overseas? Birgit Thumecke says to keep them motivated with an innovate incentive scheme.


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