Your aim in any recruitment process should be to find the best person for the job and to use a process that is fair and equitable for all.  Below are some essential principles to keep in mind.

  1. Clearly define your recruitment strategy. Be clear about: the skills and experience you are looking for; the brand message you wish to communicate and the advertising and recruitment methods you are going to use.
  2. Consider your employment branding. Make sure you present information about your organisation that makes it compelling to want to work with you.
  3. Target people who are not actively looking for a job. Consider what methods you could use to attract active candidates and those not actively looking for a job.  Currently employed high performing staff are often the best candidates.
  4. Use a diverse range of sourcing strategies. Other than the traditional advertising options consider using methods such as employee referrals or networking at professional events.
  5. Seek and value diversity. Respecting diversity in employment decisions means valuing skills and experience from a broad range of backgrounds.  Your organisation should aim to make optimal use of all skills and talents available within your workforce.  Your organisation should provide equality of opportunity for employees and applicants for employment regardless of their sex, sexual preference, race, colour, national origin, age, religion or physical or mental handicap.
  6. Use a transparent and fair recruitment process. You should treat all candidates impartially and provide a process which enables all candidates to be equally considered for a position.
  7. Make selection decisions on merit. Selecting on merit means choosing the best person for the job. Or in other words, the candidate with skills and experience that best match a set of criteria that clearly define the requirements of the position.  It is unlawful to not hire someone on the basis of race, colour, gender, sexual preference, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family or carer’s responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin.