How to hire the best person, not the first person…

Alliance Partner


Are you concerned that the hiring and people management skills of your inexperienced team leaders, junior supervisors and front-line managers do not result in optimal hiring decisions and in fact can often result in early attrition? This is heightened in the case of inclusive hiring, where the candidate may not bring any “traditional” work experience and limited exposure to the formal economy.

With nearly five years of experience in the market supporting over 200 employers, Harambee’s journey can confirm two things for you. First, the successful hiring and retention of entry-level staff hinges on hiring the best person for the job, not the first person through the door. Second, team leaders, junior supervisors, and front-line managers with strong people management skills are essential for high performing teams. Building their expertise and techniques to identify the best person for the job is therefore key to achieving a successful and productive hiring outcome.

Over the past 2 years Harambee has offered a Mock Interview programme on Saturdays to provide our candidates with an opportunity to practice before their first job interview. In 2016, we will be adding content to this programme for existing Harambee employers who feel that their front-line managers and team leaders would benefit from improvements in interview techniques and change management.

These sessions will be led by Harambee’s experienced team of human capital experts and provide interactive sessions with a blend of iterative coaching; all attendees will be given the chance to practice their interview technique with Harambee candidates preparing for their first job. This training will incorporate Harambee’s learnings about effective hiring practices and much-needed advocacy to ensure barriers are removed for first-timers trying to enter the world or work. We urge you to express interest soon as space is limited. The programme will be offered on the following dates:

  • Saturday 14 May 2016 (Johannesburg)
  • Saturday 16 July 2016  (Mandela Day offering in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth)
  • Saturday 5 November 2016 (Johannesburg)

Please diarise and email us on to book your space and confirm the number of people you want to send. We will then follow up closer to the dates to get the names and contact numbers of who will be attending. You are most welcome to forward this information to anyone else who may be interested in taking part.