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What Is Recruitment in HR?

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Instructor: Paul Mckinney

Paul has been in higher education for 17 years. He has a master's degree and is earning his PhD in Community College Leadership.

Finding the right applicant for any job takes time and money. Developing the right recruitment skills helps the organization get and retain quality applicants. Learn about recruitment in HR in this lesson, and take a quiz afterward to see what you've learned.

What is Recruitment in Human Resources?

Recruitment is the process of finding and hiring the best-qualified candidate from within or outside of an organization for a job opening in a timely and cost-effective manner. The recruitment process includes analyzing the requirements of a job, attracting employees to that job, screening and selecting applicants, hiring, and integrating the new employee into the organization.

Stages for Recruitment in Human Resources

There are several important stages that most organizations use when recruiting employees. The recruitment stages include:

  • Job analysis: The human resources representative needs to review and analyze what they need the new employee to do in the open position. From that analysis, the representative needs to build a job description, which describes the essential duties of the job. The representative also needs to set minimum qualifications, and define a salary range.

  • Advertise the open position: The search begins for applicants through networking, advertising, or other search methods in order to find applicants who match the job requirements.

  • Screening applicants: Screening involves testing skills and/or personalities. It also includes the assessment of the applicant's motivation and their fit with organizational requirements through the interview process.

  • Finalizing the job offer: The applicant is offered a job, which includes a compensation package. Once the candidate has accepted the offer, the organization helps with the introduction of the new employee.

Ways to Recruit Potential Employees

In today's job market, an organization needs to think outside the box if it wants to recruit the best employees. Today, many companies are embracing creative recruiting. Creative recruiting is a new concept that adds interactive group interviews to the recruiting process. It also includes actively looking for talent in unusual places. Here are a few more creative recruiting practices used by organizations today:

  • Employment recruiters are looking for applicants at social events other than job fairs.
  • Employment recruiters are looking online at social networks to find applicants.
  • Organizations are advertising in places frequented by ideal applicants.
  • Employment recruiters are considering past applicants.

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