Recruitment process – step by step

Are you looking for a job? Make sure that you are well prepared for the recruitment process. This means preparing your CV and cover letter and ensuring that you are ready for the job interview. Recruiters will decide whether you are an appropriate candidate for the job position you are applying for based on these elements.

The following is a list of what you require to be considered for candidacy:

Prepare your CV


Preparing a good CV is the first step in your way to a new job. What kind of information should you include in it?

Always include your contact information – telephone number, address, e-mail. When you are looking for a job, use a professional looking e-mail address. The best option is an e-mail address with your name in it.

When you are describing your professional experience, begin with the most recent one.

If you were promoted within a company, treat it as a separate job position and make a separate description for it. Remember to add exact dates.

When writing about your previous job experience be sure to include them as a list of achievements rather than simply as a list of responsibilities. This will highlight the value you bring to a company. However, don’t let the description of the achievements dominate the description of the duties

The look of your CV is as important as the content. Your CV should be clear and kept in a formal style. Remember to use professional typography and leave enough free space in order to keep the design light and not cluttered.

Each part of your CV should have a visible header.

Use bullet points and place the text in the most visible and legible way possible.

Check your spelling and grammar – make sure that there are no mistakes.

Write a covering letter


A Cover letter allows you to write more about your work experiences described briefly in your CV and show your motivation.

What should you include in your covering letter?

Write about the job offer you are applying for. Write where you found it and when you could possibly begin a new job.

Write why you consider the offer interesting and why you decided to send your application to that particular company.

In the last paragraph you should briefly sum up your qualifications. Write how the company can benefit from hiring you and explain how your skills can be beneficial for future employer.

Be prepared for the first telephone call from the recruiter


If the employer finds your CV interesting, you can expect a telephone call from them. You may be invited to a face-to-face job interview or you may be asked to participate in a short phone interview. Phone interviews allow the recruiter to verify your qualifications and experience as outlined on your CV.

If the recruiter calls at an unsuitable moment, ask him/her to postpone the interview.

Make sure you sound relaxed and friendly. Don’t be too talkative.

Do not hurry while you are answering recruiter’s questions. Take your time and think the question over.

Know your employer


During the recruitment process it’s always a good idea to know something about your future employer. It is important to know the employer-related market sector, company’s history, services and corporate culture. You can easily find such information on the company’s website. You can also browse the internet for news about them and publications in order to find employer-related information. Make sure you know the requirements for the position you are applying for. The more you know, the better impression you will make. You can ask more accurate questions that will prove your professionalism and engagement.

Prepare for the meeting


Preparing for the job interview is as important as the interview itself. When finding information about the company you are applying to, ask yourself a few questions about your motivations and skills:
  • What are your goals and aspirations?
  • What skills do you have and what are your strengths?
  • Why are you the perfect candidate for the job?
  • How can a company benefit from hiring you?
  • Do you have skills that your employer is looking for?
  • You can also visit the recruitment company and ask for some interview advices.

Be professional during the job interview


It is good to arrive for the job interview a bit early. Give yourself a while to revise information you have acquired during your preparations for the interview.

Remember to wear the appropriate attire – choose a classy and elegant outfit, avoid bright colours and patterns that can seem unprofessional. A well-chosen outfit is important– it shows your engagement and professional approach.

During the interview, act nice and relaxed. Nice people are perceived as those who can easily adapt to a new situation and will feel comfortable in a new job – it’s an advantage.

Listen carefully to the recruiter.

Talk about yourself with confidence but avoid being conceited. Do not overstate your skills, but avoid unselling them as well.

During the interview talk about your actual achievements – it will allow the employer to make a judgement about your skills and qualifications.

Make eye contact with the interviewer.

Observe the interviewer and seek feedback.