As the hiring manager, you will find useful tools and templates for the recruitment of technical/administrative staff on this page. The tools and templates are for inspiration and can be adapted as required and supplemented by any local procedures.
When planning the recruitment process, it is necessary to create an overview of deadlines and sub-processes within the overall recruitment process. Therefore, it is a good idea to draw up a plan for the entire recruitment process.
The template for a schedule and process plan in the toolbox to the right can be adapted to match local practices and the type of position. It may be a good idea to prepare the schedule and process plan in collaboration with HR. HR can also provide guidance on deadlines (please note that a recruitment process typically needs to be initiated long before you might expect).
Careful thought about the job profile and the qualification requirements will ensure consistency with the strategic objectives and is the foundation for recruiting the right person for the job. It is also an important element in preparing a good job advertisement. The hiring manager prepares the job profile and the qualification requirements, preferably with input from the appointment committee, employees from the unit and HR.
The job profile and qualification requirements can also be used to prepare a description of functions, which can be sent together with the employment contract and may subsequently form the basis for discussion in the annual staff development dialogues.
If the position is new, it must be defined. If you are refilling an existing position, you must consider whether the position needs to be redefined, whether any reorganisation or reallocation of tasks should be carried out in the unit, and whether new competences are required.
A job profile is a description of the organisational context, requirements and core tasks of the position.
Qualification requirements are based on the job profile and defines the professional and personal qualifications required for the position. A thorough analysis of these will help to ensure the best possible match between the job and the new employee.
Careful thought about structure, language and content is the foundation for a good, inspiring and targeted job advertisement. The advertisement should ideally be prepared with input from the appointment committee, employees in the unit and HR. Furthermore, it should be based on the main aspects in the job profile and qualification requirements.
When you set out to design a job advertisement to attract a strong and diverse pool of applicants, it is important to have different parameters in mind:
With inspiration from CORE:WORKERS
All vacant positions with employment for more than one year must be advertised publicly. Job advertisements are created in AU’s e-Recruitment system in cooperation between the hiring manager and the local HR office. The deadline for applications should be at least 14 days.
Consider which channels, recruitment portals and media are most likely to attract the right candidates (online, print, geographical location, networks, relevant forums etc.).
All vacancies must be advertised on au.dk and www.jobnet.dk. Advertising slots can also be purchased in printed media (e.g. the Danish Association of Lawyers and Economists (DJØF) newsletter or Magisterbladet) and electronic channels (e.g. Jobindex.dk, IT-jobbank etc.). This is done via the media agency, Signatur, which AU has a purchase agreement with.
The website about purchasing agreements contains information about the agreement, including how to make purchases under the agreement and the prices of the various services.
During the advertising period, it is a good idea to share the job advertisement on social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook etc., depending on the target group. This will enable you to reach a wider audience – active as well as passive job seekers.
Vacancies can be advertised free of charge via AU’s Company Page on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/au-vacant-positions/. It is also possible to pay for increased visibility on LinkedIn by targeting the advertisement based on criteria such as function, industry, seniority, company size, geography etc. This is particularly applicable to highly specialised and profiled positions requiring special attention.
You will find guidance on how to share a job advertisement on LinkedIn here.
Please contact HR for guidance and advice in relation to advertising.
Good and structured job interviews can help to ensure a good match between applicants and positions. Also, a good match is crucial both to the performance of core tasks and to the employees’ well-being at work.
The interview guide in the toolbox to the right can be used as inspiration for the appointment committee. The guide can be adapted to match local practices, and questions tailored to the specific type of position can be added.
If the job interview is to be held online, you can find 'Advice for online interviews' in the toolbox to the right.
Biases in recruitment processes
At a European level, the ERC (The European Research Council) encourages all assessors to watch this video developed by CERCA (the Catalan Research Centres Institute). The video is relevant for everyone who assesses candidates in connection with a recruitment process, including, among other things, assessment and appointment committees. The purpose of the video is to illustrate biases in recruitment processes and in connection with assessments of research projects which may prevent a fair assessment of the relative qualifications of male and female applicants.
Using tests and cases in the recruitment process
Consider whether it may be beneficial and relevant to use testing tools to assess the candidate, such as personality, skills or language tests or other tools. It can also be a good idea to make use of a specific case-study or take-home assignment to see how the candidate solves or approaches a particular problem. Contact your HR partner if you want to hear more about the possibilities for testing.
After the job interview
If a candidate has been interviewed, it is important for the hiring manager to give personal, oral feedback – whether the candidate has been offered the job or been rejected.
Person profile analysis is a relevant tool in a professional and successful recruitment process.
At AU, person profile analysis is used in the recruitment of managers at levels 1, 2, and 3.
This should be conducted by an external provider.
Furthermore, it's recommended to use person profile analyses in the recruitment of middle managers (level 4), where possible, after dialogue and agreement with your HR partner. In particular cases, person profiles can be used for positions such as administrative specialists and key roles.
When the recruitment process is completed, and the new employee is to start his/her new position, it is important to have prepared a plan for job commencement and onboarding. It is a good idea to:
Onboarding includes more than just introducing the new employee to AU and starting work, for example how to get the new employee to feel part of AU even before they start, ongoing feedback and staff development, and retention.
Fundamentally, it is about giving the new employee the best opportunities to succeed with their tasks at AU.
Read more about onboarding and introduction.