Space Recruitment Toolkit

Preparing to hire
Writing job adverts
Assessing applications
Interviewing candidates
Diversity & inclusion

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Hiring is the most important thing you do. Your organisation is the people you hire.

Only 8% of space job adverts are rated good.

We can help you apply this best practice to your hiring process so that you get better quality applications from a wider and more diverse pool of candidates.

Improve your hiring

Writing a job advert

~8 min read

By being clear about what you want, transparent about the process, and telling a compelling story, you can get better quality applications from a wider and more diverse pool of candidates.

Writing job adverts

Stop asking for the best

~6 min read

Stop asking for ‘the best’ and you’ll get better quality applications from a wider and more diverse pool of candidates.

Writing job adverts Diversity and inclusion

Sell your company better

~6 min read

Make your company boilerplate human by talking about your values, your team, and your impact, and you will stand out from the crowd and get better applicants.

Writing job adverts

How to assess applicants

~9 min read

An assessment process with objective criteria and carefully considered questions can save you time in reviewing applications, improve your interviews, and minimise bias.

Assessing applications Interviewing candidates

Before you write the ad

~3 min read

Getting the details sorted right at the start will save you time later.

Preparing to hire

Writing a diversity statement

~6 min read

A good diversity statement can help you stand out from the crowd and get more diverse applicants. A bad one can backfire and put people off applying.

Diversity & inclusion Writing job adverts

Giving feedback

~3 min read

Feedback can have a huge impact in helping people improve their applications. You don’t have to give feedback to every candidate, and there is no amount of feedback that is too small to be useful.

Assessing applications

Preparing for a hiring spree

~5 min read

Freshen up your website to ensure you make a good first impression to potential hires, streamline your application process so that you’re not wasting your time or your candidates’, and make sure your benefits are inclusive so that you can attract a diverse range of applicants.

Preparing to hire Diversity and inclusion

Don't ask for years of experience

~5 min read

Replace ‘N years of experience’ with a list of explicit skills and you can get better quality applications from a wider and more diverse pool of candidates.

Writing job adverts

Do your candidates really need a ‘good degree’?

~5 min read

The space sector has the most highly credentialed workforce of any sector. Fully 75% of people hold at least a first degree 1, and practically all jobs adverts ask for one. Replace this requirement with a list of explicit skills and you can get better quality applications from a wider and more diverse pool of candidates.

Writing job adverts Diveristy and inclusion