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At a time when many businesses are feeling the strain, it is imperative that employers are equipped to source and retain staff who will provide the best return on investment. However, many make common mistakes that ultimately cost them dearly.

Victoria Turner asked Andy Ridout, Managing Director of rail Recruitment Company, advance- TRS why so many businesses are failing in their selection strategies and how top talent can be retained.

Ridout believes that successful candidate selection requires the employer to be precise about what a role actually involves.

“It is important to understand exactly what will be expected of a candidate before you can ascertain the type of employee you require,” says Andy Ridout. “If your candidate will need to head a team, ensure that your interview questions allow him or her to not only demonstrate suitable knowledge and qualifications, but to express the personal characteristics of a successful leader.”

Training specialist, Monique Choudhuri, Head of Training and Development at advance-TRS has built a 25 year portfolio of blue chip clients including British Airways, BSkyB and Fircroft and is only too familiar with the staffing problems most companies face.

Understand the psychology

Says Monique, “For a business to flourish, every employer should understand the psychology behind interviewing, as well as the various techniques that can be applied to identify the strongest candidates in the talent pool.”

Once your interview methods have been perfected you may manage to hire a great member of staff, unfortunately it is not the time to relax. According to Monique, it is at this stage that employers are lulled into a false sense of security, often causing the most expensive mistakes to be made.

Companies are increasingly guilty of failing to get the most from their staff. In some sectors, 43% of employees complain of lacking opportunity for growth. This not only means that their potential remains unrealised but that they are more likely to leave.

advance Training and Recruitment Services offers clients established training, mentoring and personal development plans, all part of a client retention strategy proven to develop an employee’s most valuable assets, boost company morale and maximise productivity. Surely this is an investment which no business can afford to be without?

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