Recruitment: an overview
This factsheet was last updated in November 2015.
What is recruitment?
Recruitment is the process of having the right person, in the right place, at the right time. It's crucial to organisational performance. Recruitment is a critical activity, not just for the HR team but also for line managers who are increasingly involved in the selection process. All those involved in recruitment activities should be equipped with the appropriate knowledge and skills.
Our Resourcing and talent planning survey provides data on recruitment trends and employers’ practices, and our quarterly Labour market outlook monitors economic and labour market indicators and the recruitment outlook.
The importance of diversity and inclusion should be taken into account at each stage of the recruitment process. The Government is currently spearheading a campaign to get employers to work towards ‘name blind’ recruitment to reduce bias in the recruitment process. The CIPD is supporting this by promoting it as a standard practice. Processes and systems should also be regularly reviewed to ensure hidden bias is removed and that talent is not blocked from entering the organisation. Everyone taking part in activities such as shortlisting and interviewing should be aware of relevant legislation and the importance of avoiding discrimination. CIPD supports the Recruitment protocol launched by the Employers’ Forum on Disability.
Our report A head for hiring: the behavioural science of recruitment and selection emphasises that harnessing knowledge about how we actually behave can help recruiters to improve outcomes for the organisations they represent. It looks at how behavioural science approaches can sharpen our approaches to attraction, selection and the candidate experience.
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