How does an organization get the people it hires and through whom it is going to carry out its business and functions? Through the hiring and employee selection, of course. The hiring and employee selection is by far the most important step that an organization's HR takes to put the organization on its path, because it is the people who make the organization what it is.
The process of selecting the right people for the right functions is the real test for an organization's HR. On the face of it, it may appear as if the hiring and employee selection is all about taking a few steps one after another. The process may appear monotonous on the surface, but it is far from being so.
Every employee is different, and every employee hiring process is unique. This is what makes the hiring and employee selection a real challenge. The hiring and employee selection is a real test of HR's ability, because while HR carries out the hiring and employee selection; the people it chooses make or break the organization.
There are a few steps that HR takes to execute the hiring and employee selection process. As we have just seen, the requirements for each position could be different, but HR employs a few common steps in getting the right people.
It goes without saying that the very first step in the hiring and employee selection process is to know what kind of candidate is needed at a point of time. HR has to discuss it with respective departments/managers and get a clear understanding of what the need is. This is the most crucial step that it takes to plan for an endeavor. Even if HR spends considerable amount of time in understanding the need, it should be time well spent, because this is what decides the next steps. A proper grasp of the kind of resource/s needed helps to develop the right job description.
HR departments today use a variety of sources and benchmarks to identify the right candidate. Job portals, social networks and other sources like industry contacts are the preferred means for screening the candidate. The screening process filters a vast number of candidates based on their profile, and eliminates considerable amount of effort in the next steps.
Once the candidate with the most suitable profile is zeroed in on; HR carries out the next step in the hiring and employee selection process by interviewing the candidate. Telephonic interviews usually precede a face-to-face interview. HR decides which managers or others need to interview the candidate.
When everything is agreed upon, HR carries out a background check to confirm the candidate's credentials.
The hiring and employee selection process gets formalized when the offer letter is rolled out. Based on the candidate accepting or rejecting the offer, the next, final step is taken.
The onboarding and induction program signals the final step in the hiring and employee selection process, and the first step to the employee's arrival in the organization. This session is meant for familiarizing the candidate with the organization. The employee's roles and responsibilities, the organization's goals and objectives and expectations from the candidate, vision and mission, work culture, and a host of other important aspects of the organization are imparted at this session.