Last updated August 2023
This chapter explains the steps you need to take during the recruitment process, and how to comply with your legal obligations and minimise your legal exposure when recruiting.
What is involved in the recruitment process?
Recruitment refers to the process of attracting, screening and selecting qualified people for a specific job.
The recruitment process will usually take:
- between 45 and 50 hours for an average position, i.e. a position with a full-time salary of between $40,000 and 70,000; and
- approximately 70 hours for middle-management positions.
The process can be delayed for many reasons, including:
- the availability of applicants and management to attend interviews;
- delays in obtaining criminal records and pre-employment medical checks, as these depend on the workloads of professionals outside your business; and
- the quality of applicants you receive, e.g. if all applicants are of a high standard you may require more interviews and more time to make a final decision, or if all are unsuitable, you may need to start the recruitment process again.