Recruitment is a core activity for all organisations. Identifying the most suitable candidate for a particular job will be an important step in ensuring effective performance, team working and productivity. Getting it wrong, on the other hand, can cost the organisation dearly in terms of money, wasted time and effort and the disruption that an under-performing employee can cause.

This topic advises on how to draw up a job description and person specification, the various ways of sourcing candidates, the interview process, making the right selection, avoiding discrimination, the restrictions on employing children and young persons, employing ex-offenders, pre-employment medical checks and checks on the right to work in the UK.

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