Good employment relationships begin with a good hiring process (sometimes called a ‘recruitment’ process). There are a number of steps in hiring a new employee.

From time-to-time employers may need to replace employees who leave, or employ people for new jobs. A good hiring process ends with the appointment of the best applicant, and the employer and employee having a shared understanding of:

  • the employee’s role
  • the employer’s expectations
  • their rights and responsibilities.

The guide for employers on how to hire [PDF 805KB] provides a summary of the hiring process.

Preparing for the hiring process

Taking the time to carefully plan the hiring process is important and ensures you hire an employee with the right mix of skills and characteristics for the job.

Describing the job

You will need to be able to describe the job, and you can write this down in a job description.

Advertising the job

Learn about advertising your job, what should be in the advertisement, and where and how to attract the best applicants.

Job applications

Find out about the advantages of using job application forms, acknowledging an application and confidentiality.


Information you need to know about job interviews including setting them up, deciding on how many people to interview, types of interviews and sample interview questions.

Selecting and appointing

Information about choosing the best applicant for the job and what to do once you’ve decided.


Induction is the process of introducing the new employee to the organisation, their team, their job and what their employer expects of them.

Discrimination when hiring

An employer can’t discriminate against applicants for a job on the basis of the prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Human Rights Act 1993.

Hiring young people

Information to help employers to employ young staff and for young people to transition from education into employment.

Hiring migrants

Information to help employers find and hire migrant staff.

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