Working in the legal profession, in whatever capacity that may be, is always going to be a career that can give you incredible highs and feelings of success, but it can also be tough. No matter the situation, you may find yourself in a position where something is delicate, emotions run high or you really have to push out all of the stops to ensure that you can get the right result and the justice that is deserved. When you have a legal practice, you want to install trust into your clients, and give them the assurance that their case, whatever it will be, will be handled sensitively and given the utmost attention. So recruiting the right people is essentially important. So what should you take into account when hiring? Here are some of the things to think about to help you recruit the right people.
It isn’t just about the qualifications
One of the first things you notice when you get a resume in front of you is the qualifications and experience the potential candidate has for the job role. This is essential, after all, you want them to be able to perform the job well and to be able to action the workload appropriately. However, it isn’t just about the qualifications. Once you have whittled it down to the potential candidates you want to meet, the focus should be less on their qualifications and more about who they are as a person. In a legal practice, there may be some extremely sensitive situations to handle. Does this person come across with empathy and understanding without any emotion taking over? When the present themselves, do they look professional and the part? Do they come across as if they know what they are doing? Giving assurance without the need to even ask. It is these qualities that are important, as well as the experience and qualifications.
Think about a plan for the process
Recruiting is a costly and timely thing to do for any business, so it is essential that you take some time to come up with some some of plan for the process. This gives you a chance to prioritise, an opportunity to organise face to face interviews, and to handle any secondary or further testing that needs to be done. A recruitment plan can help you stay on track and keep things going when it comes to the process of hiring the right person for the job role. It gives you the chance to explore all your options without there being pressure of time.
What benefits and perks do you offer?
Finally, does the legal practice offer any benefits or employment perks? This can be the last thing to consider when it comes to hiring the right staff. You may find that there's a lot of competition out there for the top talent, so what makes your business stand out? What helps your legal practice to be the one they decide to work with? Sometimes company perks and benefits can go a long way.
Let’s hope these tips help you to recruit the right people for your legal practice.