8 Critical Recruitment Methods

Recruiting skilled candidates is a competitive proposition in today’s job market. Consequently, having the right recruitment methods and adding in a little creativity will help your company stand out and find the best candidates for open positions.

First and foremost, determine where you’re most likely to find your ideal candidate. Are you looking for recent college graduates or someone with several years of experience? Depending on your answers, you may need to look in several places. Furthermore, you should create an innovative hiring plan that uses different methods to locate your ideal candidates.

Here are 8 critical recruitment methods you can use to find the right person for the job.

#1—Internal recruitment

Giving existing employees the chance to move up or change positions also helps you find candidates about whom’s capabilities management is aware. Internal hiring reduces the time necessary to prepare the person for their new position. This reduces the time and cost of recruitment.

#2—Employee referrals

Employees usually only refer people they’re confident would be a good fit for the open position and for your company. This can also reduce the time and cost of recruitment because employee referrals often have some understanding of what your company does.


You can advertise in trade journals, local or national newspapers, or magazines. As a result, this helps you reach a much larger audience. Also, you can also target specific locations. Advertising is a good method to use if you’re looking for a wider pool of applicants.

#4—Internet job boards

This is a very cost-effective method to reach a wider audience. Job postings are available 24 hours a day. This means you get greater flexibility to make changes to your ad and remove it when the position has been filled.


Internships are an excellent way to evaluate future employees and are cost-effective for short-term positions. You can also offer an opportunity for students to gain important work experience. Finally, this lets you screen potential candidates for future positions in your company.

#6—Recruiting agencies

Private companies have extensive expertise in finding qualified candidates to help you narrow the field to a manageable number. Recruiting agencies also perform a lot of the prescreening, which reduces your time to hire. Finally, they have vast contacts that could lead to qualified candidates who aren’t actively looking.

#7—Career fairs

Career fairs are often industry-specific, and provide a rich source of readily available, skilled candidates who are motivated. You can also use career fairs to increase the visibility of your company as a potential employer, helping you expand your existing network.

#8—Government job centers

Government job centers connect businesses with individuals searching for employment. In addition, advertising services are usually free, and the job centers normally provide job training to help people build skills.

Final thoughts

A good recruitment plan includes a mix of the above recruitment methods and different ways to communicate available position information to your ideal candidates. One final note on recruitment methods: if you target diverse networks, agencies, and outlets, you’ll be able to fill your open positions with a diverse workforce.

If you have the right hiring tool, the above recruitment methods can yield fantastic results. Using a robust platform like Hutwork lets you create a detailed hiring plan that takes advantage of a variety of recruitment methods to find the right candidate.

For more information, or to start a free trial, go to www.hutwork.com today.

Danny Ball

Co-founder & CEO at Hutwork. I’m working hard every day to ensure visual planning is at the forefront of today’s fascinating ideas. Click here to check us out on twitter.

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