HRM in Agribusiness ZAB 102

Week 2: Selection of Staff

So you have looked at the position description of what you need for the organisation, you have advertised the position and now you are ready to interview. How do you come up with the interview questions? Please watch the following which will provide you with some tips on some of the generic interview questions that you could ask and also if you are the one preparing for an interview how you might answer them.

Job Interview Tips | Job Interview Questions and Answers | 4.28 mins

If you are responsible for structuring an interview the following clip provides some tips on how to conduct a performance based interview.

Structuring the interview | 5.11 mins |

In my previous role I chaired many interview panels, these consisted of anywhere between 2-4 people on the panel. I usually allowed around one hour for interviews depending on how many questions we had but generally speaking most interviews went for around forty-five minutes. This then allowed the panel fifteen minutes before the next interview to discuss the applicant and how the panel felt the interview went, what strengths did the applicant have and were there any challenges the applicant would have fulfilling this position. Some interviews I have been involved in had a rating system but most did not, it is really up to each organisation how they run their interviews. I provide the following as an example of how I went about structuring interviews, but please make your own judgments as to whether this would work for you or not.

If however, you are the one undertaking an interview rather than being on the panel, in preparing for an interview the following clip will introduce STAR as a technique for how you can provide examples when being interviewed to ensure you make an impact. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Activity and Result.

Preparing for interview | 4.25 mins |

Please watch the following clip which provides a light hearted look at Chandler preparing and participating in an interview. As you watch, start to think about what Chandler could have done to improve his interview.

Friends | Chandler’s Job Interview | 4.29 mins

Controlling your nerves in an interview can be difficult but here are some great tips to help.

Interview Tips | Calm Your Nerves | watch first 3 mins

Making a job offer

When making a job offer make sure you have researched the industry standard for the position in regards to remuneration so that you have in your mind a range that can be negotiated with the successful applicant. Also be prepared for what a successful applicant may want to negotiate as part of their employment contract as I am sure they will have done their research as well. This can include things like relocation expenses, extra time off during the year, working from home, so be prepared to not only negotiate the salary but other components that may be more important to the successful applicant.

I have included the 2015 Salary & Trend Report by Agricultural Appointments in your reading list to give you an idea of what sort of information you can look at before making a job offer in the Agribusiness sector.

Now we look at the other side, as the successful applicant, you have just received the phone call that you got the job, now what do you do? Do you accept blindly whatever they are offering you or do you negotiate? Well essentially that will be up to you but if you want to negotiate then please watch the following video that can give you some tips on how to go about the negotiating conversation.

The Negotiation Conversation | 9.26 mins

Employment Contract

What is a contract of employment? According to the Australian Human Resource Institute, ‘An employment contract is a type of contract that gives rise to rights and obligations that are enforceable or recognized by law. As with any contract, the law requires certain conditions to be met before it will recognize an employment contract. This conditions are:

There must be an offer of employment which is accepted by the prospective employee;

Each party must provide consideration in return for the obligations undertaken by the other party (sometimes known as mutuality of obligation)

The parties must have intended to enter into a legal relationship; and

The agreement must be certain and complete (for example, it is difficult for the law to recognize an employment contract where an essential term such as the rate of remuneration had not been agreed)’.

There are different types of employment contracts depending on whether applicants are full time, part time, casual, fixed term or flexible. This clip shows the different types of employment contracts in Australia.

Types of Employment Contracts in Australia | 1.56 mins

As an employment contract is a legal document it is always recommended that organisations have someone review the contract with the appropriate skills to make sure that is complies with employment law. Workplace responsibilities under Fair Work Australia will be covered in week 5.

In every employment contract there will also be a probationary period. A lot of organisations put three months but from my experience, for any permanent continuing positions, I always put in the employment contract a probationary period of six months. I found three months sometimes wasn’t long enough to evaluate whether the new employee was suitable for the position. You need to allow yourself an exit strategy if things don’t work out. I have had experiences where someone performed extremely well in an interview but after receiving the position struggled to perform the job requirements. I have had other people perform really well at interviews and be great in the position. So give yourself some breathing space and opt for six months.

However, if you are the one receiving an employment contract as the successful applicant for a new position, this following clip provides some tips for what to look for in your employment contract before signing it.

Employment Contract | 1.10 mins

As another example, here is the table of contents from my previous employment contract.

Most people jump to the Schedule page as this gives you the summary version of what your entitlements are and the responsibilities of the position.

However, as you can see there is quite a bit of information included in your employment contract because it is a legal contract between you and the organisation, so make sure you read all of it carefully before signing. Quite often the level of information in an employment contract needs to be as detailed as possible because the contract will be used to resolve any disputes between the two parties if they arise.



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