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Job offers, inductions and new starts

The final stage of the recruitment process involves choosing the successful candidate and making them a job offer.

You will need to consider whether you wish to make an offer that is conditional on satisfactory references. If your offer is accepted, you should arrange an induction plan for your new starter and consider the terms of your contract of employment.

For sample documents to help you conclude your recruitment exercise fairly and efficiently, see relevant sections below.

Job offers

Initial job offer may be made by telephone. This should help you quickly establish if the individual wants to accept the job you are offering.

If that is the case, you should follow up with a formal letter of offer, and include details of any conditions attached to the offer, eg satisfactory references. To help you do this, you can download and use our sample job offer letter and reference check form:

Contract of employment

The moment a candidate unconditionally accepts your offer of a job, a contract of employment comes into existence. To help you draft a contract of employment suitable to your business needs and the role in question, download and use our sample contract of employment, as well as staff policy documents to be included in it:

Even if you do not issue a written contract of employment, you are under a legal duty to provide most employees with a written statement of main employment particulars within two months of the start of their employment with you.

Induction

You should aim to introduce, familiarise and integrate your new employee into your business as quickly as possible. Early induction will not only provide new-starters with the information they need to settle in, but will also provide them with the knowledge and skills that will help them contribute to your business right from the start.

To help you devise your staff induction activities, download and use our sample induction plans:

Find further guidance on introducing new staff to your business in our guide on making a job offer and getting new workers started.