Human Resources Recruitment: Process & Strategies

Instructor: Brianna Whiting

Brianna has a masters of education in educational leadership, a DBA business management, and a BS in animal science.

Hiring employees is a crucial job duty of the human resource department. Come along and learn the process and strategies to finding an ideal employee that matches up with the goals of the company.

A First Glance at the Recruitment Process and Strategies

Let's imagine that you work for a company in the human resource department. You just found out that a veteran employee has decided to retire. They have been a staple of the company for so long, how will you ever replace them? How will you know how to advertise for the positions and weed out all the not-so-great candidates?

Luckily there are ways to help you find a great match for your company. In this lesson we will learn the recruitment process and strategies the human resource department often practices.

Recruitment Process

For most companies the human resource department is in charge of finding competent, qualified employees. In order to do so, they follow a series of steps to help aid them in the process. Let's take a look at them now:

1. Know the position and the needs- Before the HR department can start looking for a potential employee, they need to know what the company is looking for in a new candidate. This means understanding what the goals and future aspirations are for the company and how the new employee will fulfill these.

2. Design a description of the job- One way to attract potential candidates is by creating a job description that is accurate but also captures their attention. This means explaining what the roles and responsibilities will be for the new employee. It is also important to create a description that contains words that will make the posting come right up when a candidate does an online job search.

3. Develop a team- A team is often put together to help with selecting candidates for interviews. This allows more than one perspective so that the best prospect employees are chosen.

4. Announce the position- This is the step when the actual position is posted. The position might be posted on online job searches, in print, and/or through social media.

5. Narrow down applicants- After potential employees apply for the job, the next step is to sift through all of the applications in order to narrow down the number of candidates to consider. This creates a small, more manageable list of possible employees.

6. Interview candidates- When a small list is created, it's time to interview those candidates. This is when a company gets to learn about the candidate and the candidate gets to learn more about the position.

7. Choose a finalist- After interviews are completed, the final candidate is chosen. This is also the step when the references of that candidate are checked to ensure that the individual is the right fit for the company.

8. Hire and complete the process- When the references are checked, an offer is presented to the potential new employee. If they accept the offer, the recruitment process is completed.

Recruitment Strategies

Let's take a moment to look at some of the strategies that help a company find a great candidate that matches the goals of the company.

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