One of the most vital resources your organisation will have is its people, and they need to be equipped with all the necessary expertise and insight to do their job safely and effectively. Consequently, the aim of any recruitment process should be to get the best person for the job through a process that is both effective and fair. Appointing people unsuited to a vacancy can be costly.
Knowledge can be identified through qualifications and interviews while skills and experience might be determined from references and evidence of past work, all of which might be gained ‘on the job’ or during the recruitment process.
Whether you’re recruiting for junior or senior roles, or enrolling employees onto refresher or supplementary training courses, it’s important to remember that each individual will have different experiences and therefore it should never be assumed that they have the complete set of skills and knowledge needed for a task.
The demands of any job shouldn’t exceed an employee's ability to carry out the work without risk to themselves or others.