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How Does the Recruitment Process Work?

Recruitment is the process by which recruiters place talented candidates in job openings. However, recruiters are much more than simply a middleman.

They ensure that only the most talented individuals are seen for any one role, combing through their details with a magnifying glass and selecting only the best candidates to submit to the companies who have hired them to help with the recruitment process.

So, how does the process work? We’ll answer that in this article alongside some other frequently asked questions…  

1. Candidate Applies for a Role

The first step of the process occurs when an individual, more commonly referred to as a candidate, applies for a job opportunity – this will either be on a job board or directly through the recruiter’s website.  

Alternatively, if a candidate has submitted their CV to an online CV library, recruiters may find the candidate’s CV, determine that they are a good fit for a role, and approach them directly about a certain position.

2. CV is Reviewed

Once a candidate has submitted their CV, the recruiter will review it and assess whether the candidate would be a good fit for the position using their expert knowledge of the sector and the employer.  

If the recruiter thinks a candidate’s CV looks promising, they’ll contact them, most typically by phone or email, and provide more detail about the role in question. Then, if the candidate is interested, the recruiter will put them forward as someone to be considered by the employer.

3. Compliance Procedures

At this point, in the case of temporary/ad-hoc roles, the recruiter will request certain compliance documents, like proof of identity, for example, which are required before a candidate can be hired or start within a position.  

For permanent positions, the employer will usually handle compliance. Conducting compliance checks pre-interview ensures the process remains smooth and efficient once any interviews are completed and should the candidate be successful in securing the role.

4. Interview is Arranged

Should the candidate submission be successful, the employer will contact the recruiter requesting an interview with the candidate and usually providing several times they would be available.  

The recruiter then relays this information to the candidate and ensures they have all the relevant information for the interview, i.e. date, time, in-person or remote, etc. Some recruiters may even offer mock interviews to help the candidate prepare for the occasion.

5. Interview is Conducted

Then, all the recruiter can do is cross their fingers and hope their candidate smashes the interview! Once the interview is over, the employer will decide upon the outcome and pass on the message to the recruiter.  

The recruiter then has either the lovely task of congratulating the candidate on their new job or the unenviable task of telling them that, on this occasion, the employer went in a different direction.  

If the recruiter has been handling compliance matters and the candidate is successful, they’ll help iron out any last documents that need sorting (if they haven’t all already been completed), and then that’s that.  

For unsuccessful candidates, the recruiter will keep their details on file and search for other job openings that might suit the individual.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Do Recruiters Look at First?

Recruiters will first look at the basics in your CV; is it well-formatted? Free of grammatical errors? Does it list the essential skills/experience that the role requires? If your CV is shoddily put together, it leaves a poor first impression, and the recruiter is less likely to think you’re a good fit for the role you’ve applied for.  

Do Recruiters Edit Your CV?

Yes, recruiters will sometimes edit a CV if the client (employer) has specific formatting requirements and remove any identifiable personal information that may be on the document.

Do Recruiters Use LinkedIn?

Many recruiters use LinkedIn to network as an additional way to source candidates. Networking with a recruiter is a great way to get yourself noticed for potential roles.  

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