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SNOW is falling, presents are being purchased and the turkey is being prepared for a sumptuous meal.

Then there’s Father Christmas who is busy with his elves looking who’s been naughty and who’s been nice – the traditions of this time of year come thick and fast, and there is one festive tale which recruiters know only too well, that of Ebenezer Scrooge.

But we are not talking about a Christmas bonus here, more about the apparitions that could come to haunt you during the precarious process of recruitment.

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Your past should remain just where it belongs. No manager with powers to recruit should ever be haunted by his or her past mistakes. Like the Dickens masterpiece, the ghosts might come back to haunt you so while you might have seen something in your prospective employee make sure you’re not spooked into a scary situation causing you to wake in the night with ghostly thoughts of a potentially costly mistake.

Like Michael Caine in the Jim Henson classic, don’t be a muppet.

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Ghosts of Christmas Present

Taking stock of your current situation is important at this time of year, a time to reflect on how the year has progressed. There’s a few questions that need answering:

  • Are you happy with your team? What can be added to make it stronger?
  • Is there a good morale within all your department/company?
  • Is it time to mix it up a bit to fall in line with your company objectives?

Companies need to adapt to their surroundings and change with circumstances.

Like Bill Murray in Scrooged, don’t be afraid of making changes.

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Ghosts of Christmas Future

No-one knows what the future holds but you can be part of its destiny. While we don’t want to get all deep at what is meant to be a joyous time of the year, it’s always important to look to the future. Could that one person you are starting to have misgivings about really hold the key to a change in fortunes for your company?

And what about recruitment? What sort of process do you want to try next? Is it time to re-assess how you recruit so the ghosts of Christmas future don’t come back to haunt you again?

Like Ebenezer Blackadder in the eponymous take on the Dicken’s tale, don’t let people take advantage of your willing not to change as it could be your undoing.

There have been many incarnations of Scrooge over the past century, it’s up to you, at this time of year, to make sure you choose the right one. This starts with your choice of recruitment company.

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