Imagine you should choose a new general manager for our company. Outline the basic steps you would take and problems you can face.


Planning a recruitment project at the computerThis question is a real deal. It is used mostly when companies try to hire specialized interviewers or recruiters. They can ask you about any recruiting project, general manager is just an example position. In fact, the task can be to recruit new cleaners, new accountants, simply anybody. But the basics of the question remains the same – to outline steps you would take to accomplish the project successfully.

If you give a really good answer to this question, it can win you a job contract. Oppositely, if you fail to answer this one logically and as expected, it will be time to move on and say good-bye to a coveted job contract… So, what to do?

Outline the basic steps

In cases like this, you should outline the basic steps of recruitment. Even though each project needs to be considered and approached individually, there are the same steps all the time:

  1. Creating an ideal profile of a candidate – education, experience, personality, skills, hobbies, what ever.
  2. Creating an appealing and attractive job offer, based on the profile of ideal candidate.
  3. Publishing a job offer, plus using additional sources to create a satisfactory pool of candidates (job boards, internal sources, headhunting, etc.)
  4. Collecting job applications and  choosing specific number of employees to be interviewed, according to predefined criteria.
  5. Creating a list of interview questions and tasks, or said in other words, creating an interview template. Also, creating an attractive presentation of the offer to be shown to the candidates in an interview.
  6. Arranging the interviews and interviewing applicants. You can design an interview process consisting of various stages, setting certain elimination criteria for each stage.
  7. Choosing a best possible person for the job, making the first offer and negotiating the details of the contract.  

These are the steps you should outline anytime they ask you to plan a recruitment process. Every single interviewer will be astonished with this plan.

Handshake of two business professionalsIdentify the problems and how you would solve it

Second part of the question is about problems one can face in this project. What I strongly suggest is to not only pinpoint different problems, but also give a clear solution to each problem you identify. To such problems belong:

  • Inability to design ideal candidate profile
  • Lack of quality applicants
  • Salary offer not suitable
  • Interview with narrow results, how to decide
  • Chosen candidate does not accept the offer

However, solution to these problems, as well as other problems recruiters may face, is not outlined on the public part of this website. Check the e-book for details.

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