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What is Recruitment?

Glossary definition

What is Recruitment?

Recruitment definition

Recruitment is the process of actively seeking out, finding and hiring candidates for a specific position or job. The recruitment definition includes the entire hiring process, from inception to the individual recruit’s integration into the company.

Process and recruitment selection

While the recruitment definition and process varies from company to company, there are some basic steps that any employer can take to make recruitment smoother and more successful, such as the following:

  • Comparing different types of job recruitment software to find the ideal fit.
  • Establishing clearly defined standards and expectations for the ideal job applicant.
  • Taking proactive steps to integrate new employees with comprehensive “on-boarding.”
  • Staying ahead of the latest trends and best practices in recruiting.

To start, a company typically outlines what the job or position entails and creates a profile of the ideal candidate. The company must then attract the candidate through advertisement or the use of recruitment software. Applicants are screened and interviewed by predetermined criteria. When the ideal candidate is chosen, they are hired and integrated into the workplace, and the recruitment process is complete. Companies often place a high value on recruitment, meaning they devote the appropriate time and resources to the process.

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Tips for building your team

Hiring a new employee is always a big step – whether you are a growing business making your first hire, or an enterprise making the third hire this week. Adding to your staff is not a decision to take lightly.

Below are some tips to help you attract and hire talented employees.

Develop a talent pipeline

One way to develop a talent pipeline is through a strategically designed internship program. Internships function as a test run for both your business and the intern(s) to see if you make a good fit. Other options for building your talent pipeline include developing relationship with local schools and universities, hiring freelancers, and getting referrals.

Embrace diversity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion drive business revenues and profits.  According to EY, companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have higher financial returns than their industry peers. (Read this Sage Advice article for ten tips to improve diversity in your organization.)

Determine what success for the role looks like

Before you interview anyone for an open position at your company, determine what success would look life for this role. Then, as you go through the interview process you can better evaluate a candidate’s talents and assess whether they will be able to shine at your company.

Use software to reduce paperwork and streamline your process

Spend more time on the human side of recruitment by using HR software to streamline job postings, resume collections, scheduling interviews, background checks, offer letters, and onboarding forms.

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