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How to choose the right candidate from your shortlist

Author: TMS Talent

Published Date: 2018/09


Have you found yourself in the fortunate situation where you have 2 front runners for your new hire? A great problem to have in this candidate short market, but not one that makes your decision any easier. So how do you choose between 2 exceptional candidates?

Firstly, it’s crucial you make a prompt decision as you don’t want to leave experienced travel staff or hospitality staff hanging and risk losing star candidates to your competition. Statistics show that interest in a job decreases over time, so strike while the iron is hot!

Here are our top 4 tips to help you choose the best candidate for your role;

1. Reference Check

Reference checking your potential employee with past employers is a great tool to gauge their strengths, weaknesses and attitude. A reference check is a good indication of their past performance and what you could likely expect from them should they join your organisation. Compile a list of questions to use for all applicants to enable you to draw comparisons between their work competencies. Ask your hospitality recruitment or travel recruitment agencies for the references they completed on the candidates they have submitted. 

2. Additional Task

Creating an additional task or asking your potential employee to do a short presentation relating to a certain aspect of the job will give you a good indication of their level of interest in the role and a preview of their work style.

3. Additional interview questions

Ask your final applicants specific questions relating to the job and compare their results. Additional questions could include some of the following to give you an insight into what might be driving their interest in the role or company;

  • What interests you specifically about this position?
  • What unique skills can you bring to this role?
  • Why do you want to work for our company?
  • Do you feel there is anything your current employer could be doing more successfully? (This last question gives you an indication of how involved they were in the big picture of their last company. It may also reveal some of the reasons that they were looking to move on)

4. Ask the team

If you are still having trouble deciding who might be the best fit for your travel jobs, have a few key people your new incumbent will be working with sit in on an informal meeting. This will give you a second opinion and enable you to see how different personalities fit together.


If you’re still having a hard time making your choice, contact your Recruitment Consultant and ask their advice!