With over 30 years’ experience in the PA recruitment market, we have worked with companies from nearly every sector and in every borough in London.
Having such a wealth of experience means that we can share important tips and tricks that can help companies in their search for the perfect candidate.
In this article, we’re going to discuss five of our top tips for landing the perfect personal assistant for your company.
Create a clear brief
With so many companies searching for personal assistants in the London area, it’s important that your brief is as clear and as accurate as possible to help it stand out from the pack.
Be honest about what you expect from the candidate, and what the role will entail.
Remember that certain skills will be mandatory, such as being organised and punctual, so jot down the most important ones and ensure to include them in the brief.
Know what kind of personality you are searching for
Although this might sound a little strange, companies have their own cultures and expectations of employees, which differ from sector to sector.
With this important fact in mind, consider what kind of culture you promote in your office and use that to try and entice the right kind of candidate to the role.
You can often work out how well a person might fit into office life within minutes of them walking into the interview. Sometimes, this does indeed come down to a “gut” feeling.
Establish yourself as a great employer
If you happen to be a small or startup company, the chances are that not many candidates will know your brand.
With this in mind, you will often find candidates researching prospective companies through their websites and social media channels.
This means that businesses need to offer the best and most attractive representation of themselves across all platforms.
Inactive websites and social accounts will not only put off clients and customers, but it can put off potential employees too.
Ensure your company benefits are in plain sight
Company benefits are integral to any prospective candidate, so make sure that they are clearly advertised — after all, company benefits exist to help the company as well as its employees.
If you’re unsure about what benefits to offer (if you are a new company, for example), research the local market to see what your competitors provide for their employees.
While you’re there, it’s also best to research what competitors are paying their employees, if they advertise their salaries at all.
If you’re still unsure, it could also be worth asking your recruitment consultant what they think the average or most competitive salary might be.
Have faith in your recruitment company
If you choose to work with a specialist recruitment company, such as Oriel Partners, you know you’ll be working with one of the most invested, experienced, and expert companies for the job.
This means that when you receive a CV and recommendation from an agency, you’ll know that it will be a candidate that has been thoroughly vetted and tested to ensure that they are the best possible match for your company.