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The recruitment process conducted by a company for any job involves a number of different stages, as follows:

  1. Initial job evaluation and production of a relevant job/person profile or description by which candidates can be assessed for suitability.
  2. Sourcing or attraction of potential candidates by various means (eg, external advertising, recruitment agencies, internal promotion etc).
  3. Screening of initial applicants using a variety of methods (eg, review of CVs, comparison of academic or professional qualifications held, pre-interview by telephone etc) to shortlist the most likely potential candidates.
  4. Selection of the best candidate from those shortlisted by utilising one or more selection techniques (eg, formal interview, psychometric testing, written exercises, group exercises etc).
  5. Effective induction of the successful candidate into the new role to ensure successful integration within the organisation and quicker operational deployment.

To increase the chances of successfully negotiating the recruitment process, candidates must ensure that they apply their best efforts at each stage of the process, such as fully completing application forms, producing effective CVs and preparing thoroughly for interview.