The Basics: The Recruitment Process (and Why It Matters)

Understanding what`s involved in the recruitment process can help you determine if a career in Recruitment is a good fit for you.

Consider first that companies spend a lot of money to find the right people because hiring the wrong people leads to significant time loss, financial loss, and sometimes business failure. Mis-hiring just one person can create big headaches for a company so it`s critical the people they hire can add real value to the overall business shortly after joining.

…it is easy to think that recruitment simply means helping people find good jobs. But interesting clients with desirable jobs don`t just magically appear, nor do the qualified candidates needed to fill them.

People considering a career in recruitment but unfamiliar with what`s involved frequently don`t consider this; it is easy to think that recruitment simply means helping people find good jobs. But interesting clients with desirable jobs don`t just magically appear, nor do the qualified candidates needed to fill them. It`s pretty hard to find clients with good roles willing to work with you at a fair price — and even harder to find the candidates to fill the roles before your competitors do!

Below are the key components of the recruitment process; some of the below tasks can be hard/uncomfortable for many people. A recruitment consultant is frequently called on to do all of it at one point or another in their career.

What do you think, can you do it? If you`re not sure, read our article Our Guide to TA-Related Roles so you can understand the different kinds of roles that exist in agencies and which ones might a good match for your personality and skills.

On the other hand, if you are pretty confident you have what it takes to do the below but want to learn more, contact us. (But you should still read Our Guide to TA-Related Roles)

*For non-agency recruiters (also called “in-house” or “internal” recruiters), sourcing a “Client” isn`t necessary. Their clients are actually internal business leaders who will come to the TA team with any upcoming hiring requirements. That said, most in-house TA have had some agency experience prior to moving to an internal role.