Hiring employees

Advertising for, shortlisting and selecting the right recruit is not always easy. Our overview explains how to get your recruitment processes right.

Hiring employees
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Hiring employees - overview

Advertising for, shortlisting and selecting the right recruit is not always easy. Our overview explains how to get your recruitment processes right.

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Job description template

A job description will help you write your job advert, provides pointers when interviewing and makes it clear to candidates what you are looking for.

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Sample written Statement of Employment Particulars

Every employee is entitled to a written Statement of Employment Particulars outlining the terms of employment. Download a range of full and part-time contracts, self employed and contractor and sub contractor statements of employment.

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Job offer letter template

Download customisable job offer letter templates, which you can tailor to your needs when recruiting a new member of staff.

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New employee details template

Before taking on employees, you will need to gather certain personal information. This template will help you collect the correct information.

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Recruiting staff toolkit

When you take on a new member of staff, there are seven key tasks you need to carry out to ensure you comply with the law. Find out what they are here:

Recruitment
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Recruitment

How to recruit effectively - our guide to understanding what you need, attracting candidates and assessing their skills, experience and attitude.

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Advertise a job

Advertise a vacancy on the GOV.UK website. Advertise jobs and search for jobseekers whose CVs match your needs. You will need to open an account.

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Interviewing

Skilled interviewing is important to make sure you recruit the right person. How to interview candidates, and common mistakes to avoid.

Graduate recruitment
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Graduate recruitment

Recruiting a graduate can give your business an influx of talent, enthusiasm and fresh ideas - our guide to attracting suitable candidates.

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Recruiting - checklist

It's vitally important to make sure you hire the right person with the right skills to fill company needs. Read how to recruit successfully.

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Hiring an apprentice

Find out how easy it is to hire an apprentice in this video with National Apprenticeship Service Director, Sue Husband.

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How to hire an apprentice

Hiring an apprentice can be good for your business. This guide explains how to hire an apprentice and outlines the responsibilities for employers.

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Q&A: Statements of employment

All employees are entitled to a written statement of employment setting out the main terms and conditions. Read these FAQs covering the essentials.

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How to assess candidates' CVs when recruiting

CVs play a key role in the recruitment process, by helping employers to assess someone's experience, key achievements and knowledge. Stacey Mead, HR Director at The HR Dept, explains what you should look out for.

Smiling woman shaking hands - how to recruit a star performer
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How to recruit a star performer

Many small businesses do not have an in-house HR expert, but that's no reason to ignore the steps that will help you recruit a star performer.

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Q&A: Should I employ a family member?

Employing a relative is quite different to recruiting someone else. There are some important tax and legal considerations which we explore here:

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Tales from the interview room

Getting the right person is not easy. No one likes being interviewed and sometimes it can go very wrong. Here are some tales from the interview room.