What is the difference between recruitment and selection?

When looking for a new candidate to join your business, there are two main processes which work in unison to ensure a smooth hire, these are ‘recruitment’ and ‘selection’. In this blog, we will take a look at what each means and also, take a look at the recruitment process as a whole.

What is Recruitment?

Recruitment, put simply, is the process of searching and hiring the best possible candidate for the relevant job openings. This must be done in a timely and cost-effective manner in line with client requirements. Since 2008, there has been a 27% year on year increase in the number of recruitment agencies, showing that the demand for specialist recruitment is there and proper recruitment must be having a significant, and beneficial, effect on the recruitment process. Recruitment is the first stage of the hiring process.

The ‘recruitment process’ is necessary for all roles and job types. Often businesses will choose an agency manage their hiring process as this negates the chances of a bad hire is made. Therefore whether they are looking for either part-time or permanent recruits, employing an agency gives them peace of mind.

What is Selection in recruitment?

The process of selection is essentially the selection of individuals, usually, from a predetermined list of shortlisted candidates. It is the second stage of the hiring process. It is estimated that a bad hire can cost a business on average £15,000, therefore, this stage must be very carefully considered. 

Before this point, individuals will have been screened based on their skill set and experience and then put forward to interview. Selection is a vital point as it is now that businesses will sit down and interview potential hires. Each businesses interview process varies depending on the job. Candidates may be asked to complete a task, such as giving a presentation in order to show their competency. They will then be asked to join the organisation if successful and contracts will be drawn up.

What is the recruitment process?

When an organisation wants to make a new hire within their business, they will speak to their current, or new, recruitment agency instructing them to find someone for the available job in their organisation. 

The agent will then analyse the role’s requirements and identify individuals to put forward. This is done by accessing their database of candidates as well as using online job boards, such as Indeed and Total Jobs, to promote the vacancy and accept applications from people searching for a new job. They may also ‘headhunt’ using LinkedIn to identify candidates who are not actively looking for a new role but may be interested. They will then contact relevant individuals and look to build a relationship, understanding their skills and experience to see if they will be suitable for the role in question.  

Once relevant candidates have been identified, the recruitment specialist will then choose applicants to put forward to the role for an interview, whilst also screening out unsuitable candidates. This is when the organisation will select candidates to interview from the ones proposed by the recruiter. They will then be interviewed inline with the businesses processes. Once candidates have been interviewed they will then be informed whether they have been successful or not. For those that are, they will agree on a start date and sign an employment contract with their new employer.

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Posted: Tue 02 Jul 2019
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