How to choose between candidates

Choosing between closely-matched candidates is a nice dilemma to have. With both apparently equally suitable for the post, it can be tricky to decide who should actually fill the vacancy. Fortunately we have a common sense checklist to help you choose.

Work history:

Don’t fall into the trap of assuming the worker with the most experience is the obvious choice. First ask yourself what is most important to the company? If a safe pair of hands is what’s required, then the most experienced applicant could be the best answer, but only if the role will still stretch and satisfy their ambition. Otherwise someone looking to make the next step in their career could be a more successful option. Likewise if you’re looking to expand or diversify, then look at what each candidate can bring to the role to help you achieve those goals. Someone with less directly relevant experience, but a wider breadth of work could be the best fit?

Drive and determination:

Sometimes the best qualified applicant seems to be lacking a little fire in their belly and the better option is to pick the candidate who is hungry to prove themselves. Ask yourself – who wants it more?

Networking:

Don’t be afraid to look beyond the CV and interview performance of each candidate and look at the other benefits they could bring your business. There is much to be said for a new recruit with a proven track record who can bring new contacts and help secure extra contracts is a valuable asset.

Gut reaction:

Don’t be afraid to trust your instinct and look beyond experience and qualification at interpersonal skills. Sometimes the candidate who looks perfect on paper lacks a certain something in person. Ask yourself how the candidates will fit in with your existing team and who can bring the best chemistry to the mix. Can you see yourself sitting in the same office as the interviewee in five years? Do you like them?

"RAYNER PERSONNEL PLACED ME IN MY CURRENT ROLE AS HEAD OF NEW HOMES FOR MARSH & PARSONS. I FOUND THEM EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL AND ENTHUSIASTIC. I AM HUGELY APPRECIATIVE OF ALL THE ASSISTANCE AND GUIDANCE THEY GAVE ME. I WOULD USE RAYNER PERSONNEL AGAIN." SIOBHAN STUANTON - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS

Testimonials

But don't just take our word for it!
Check out what a few of our clients have to say...

Graham Lock
Graham Lock Managing Director of Xperience

I've known Josh for many years and he's a pleasure to do business with, his professionalism and hunger are an awesome combination. He has a fantastic drive and desire to succeed and is destined for great things. You can't teach what he has, a natural businessman with entrepreneurial flair.

IAIN MCKENZIE
IAIN MCKENZIE CEO AT THE GUILD OF PROPERTY PROFESSIONALS

Rayner Personnel are exceptionally talented Head Hunters.

LEE WAINWRIGHT
LEE WAINWRIGHT UK CEO

I always love dealing with Rayner Personnel, their energetic pacey approach to getting stuff done is impressive and they have been great for me personally as well as finding candidates.

GEORGE THOMAS
GEORGE THOMAS CEO AND FOUNDER, KALEIDOSCOPE VENTURES

Rayner Personnel have been fantastic finding us both a Brand Director and Group Managing Director. They have access to some of the best candidates and acts quickly and diligently.

PAUL GILLESPIE
PAUL GILLESPIE DIRECTOR, GIBBS GILLESPIE

Rayner Personnel, the TALENT SCOUTS exceptional service who I have had the pleasure of using for the past 11 years!

KATE STEARMAN
KATE STEARMAN AREA DIRECTOR, SPICERHAART

I have recently started using Rayner Personnel for the recruitment side of part of our business in Spicerhaart. They have gone above and beyond from the very beginning and have not only sourced excellent candidates but also head hunted a range of desirable applicants. An excellent beginning to our business relationship. Thank you.

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