What Is Recruitment?

Hiring isn’t as simple as 1, 2, 3. In this article we discuss ‘what is recruitment?’.

When you realize that you need to hire someone new, you actually start off a process. And in HR management, that process is called recruitment.

Recruitment: How to Hire the Perfect Fit

Back in the day, you could’ve found employees easily. However, today’s top talent is hard to find and even harder to get.

At the same time, you need great employees for your company to stay competitive.

You need talent.

Instead of simply settling for someone with the right qualifications, today’s approach to recruitment also takes a look at:

  • The candidate’s personality
  • A candidate’s culture fit
  • The candidate’s potential

The entire recruitment process takes place through four stages:

1. Recruitment Planning Stage

If you work in a company that has a HR department, you have to submit a job requisition. This document outlines the business needs for the position to be filled, as well as the job description.

2. The Searching Stage

The next step is sourcing and attracting the candidates. If you’re managing the recruitment yourself, you’ll likely post to job boards, use employee referrals, and/or set up ads to reach passive job seekers.

A good employer brand can be extremely helpful at this phase, as it makes the applicants more willing to work for you. After all, 95% of candidates say they wouldn’t work for an employer with a bad reputation.

Alternatively, you could hire a recruitment agency or headhunters to help you source and screen the candidates for you.

3. The Screening Stage

Once you’ve sourced your candidates, it’s time to vet them.

The first thing you’ll look at are their qualifications. However, keep an open mind and make sure you look at experience. Someone may have an MBA, but if they don’t have the right experience, someone with a Bachelor’s degree may be better fit.

After you’ve shortlisted the most qualified candidates, it’s time to interview them.

Focus on asking questions related to their experience and personality, as it’ll help you establish the culture fit of the candidate.

Again, consider bringing a recruitment agency on board as they can streamline the process.

4. Evaluation

According to Glassdoor, a good onboarding process improves new hire retention by 82%. So after you’ve hired the right candidate, make their onboarding as great as possible.

How to Recruit Better

There are a few things you can use to make sure you hire the right candidates:

  • Do not forget about internal sources or past candidates. Employee referrals are a great way of sourcing new hires, as are your previous applicants.
  • Delegate properly. Know who’s in charge of what in the recruitment process. If necessary, bring a recruitment agency on board to make sure you’re not overworking your employees.
  • Finally, let your employees speak for you. Cultivate a great employer brand, and make sure your employees are vocal about enjoying their experience at your company.

Keep these in mind and you’ll be on your way to finding the perfect fit in no time!

Would you like to learn more about recruitment? Check out our full Recruiting 101 Series.

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