Recruitment and selection of new employees should always be considered carefully by any business regardless of their size. The people you employ will form an essential part of your business strategy, and will contribute greatly to the making or breaking of your business.
Staff recruitment templates
To make sure that you bring the best people on board, you will need to ensure that your recruitment process is fine-tuned, non-discriminatory and tailored to your business needs. For further guidance see the Employer's Handbook Section 2: Recruiting new employees (PDF, 170K).
For an overview of the recruitment stages and general considerations, download our recruitment process flowchart (DOC, 87K).
For sample template recruitment documents to help with particular stages of the recruitment process, see below.
Templates for advertising your job vacancy
You will need to prepare a job description, a personnel specification and an application form to advertise your job vacancy. To help you do this, you can download and use our sample template recruitment documents and forms:
- sample job description template (DOC, 14K)
- sample personnel specification template (DOC, 15K)
- sample recruitment advertisement template (DOC, 16K)
- sample job application form template (DOC, 18K)
- sample monitoring questionnaire for job applicants template (DOC, 20K)
Templates for shortlisting candidates
Once you receive replies from candidates to your vacancy advertisement, you will need to draw up a shortlist and invite those shortlisted to an interview. To help you do this, you can download and use our sample shortlisting documentation templates:
- sample shortlisting record table template (DOC, 15K)
- shortlisting guidance (DOC, 13K)
- sample letter of invitation to first interview template (DOC, 13K)
- sample rejection letter to applicant following shortlisting exercise template (DOC, 13K)
Templates for interviewing candidates
The more preparation you do for the interview, the easier it will be for both you and the candidate. To help you prepare and carry out the interview correctly, download and read our factsheets on interviewing, and use our sample record of interview templates:
- sample interview record document template (DOC, 14K)
- sample interview report document template (DOC, 14K)
- preparing for job interviews factsheet (DOC, 14K)
- interview practicalities and structure (DOC, 14K)
- do's and don'ts of interviewing job applicants (DOC, 15K)
- sample rejection letter to applicant following job interview template (DOC, 12K)
Read more on advertising a job and interviewing candidates.
Structure your business
Name your business
Register your business
Choose your premises
- How to employ staff for the first time
- National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates
- Carry out pre-employment checks
- Ensure your workers are eligible to work in the UK
- Get employers' liability insurance
- Issue a written statement of employment
- Set up your payroll and register for PAYE with HMRC