Recruitment Timeline

  • Vacancy Arises

    Vacancy Arises
    A vacancy can arise through a variety of different means. In some circumstances individuals will leave roles or companies can expand and need to develop jobs for other people to do. "Often a collection of tasks are bundled together, called a job, and a person is sought to do it." (Dale. M, p4)
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    Recruitment Timeline

  • Job Description

    Usually the recruitment manager will liase with human resources in order to create a job description for the role. “The job description contains activities, responsibilities and objectives to be achieved.” (Dale. M, p16)
  • Employee or Personal Specification

    Employee or Personal Specification
    This gives the employer the opportunity to list the characteristics that they feel are crucial to anyone who could potentially apply for the role.
  • Advertising Considerations

    Advertising Considerations
    Before the job can be posted, consideration needs to be taken over how the job will be advertised, and how the company will be set up to respond.
  • Posting a Job

    The job will finally become public and individuals will be invited to put themselves forward as prospective candidates. The length of the window of the vacancy is entirely at the discretion of the employer. However, most vacancies will appear open for a minimum of two weeks.
  • Closing Date for Applications

    Closing Date for Applications
    This is the date that applications will no longer be accepter beyond. Employers will always state a date and sometimes a time if neccessary.
  • Handling Responses

    The recruiter will now have the task of handling the responses of the applicants. How they do this will vary between companies, but it is a job that must be completed competently and quickly. The recruiter must now create a short-list that contains only the candidates that they feel are right for the role.
  • The Interview Process

    The Interview Process
    Candidates that have been successfully short-listed will be invited to interview. This stage can be crucial for both the employer and candidate.
  • The Selection Process

    The Selection Process
    Once the interviews are complete, the recruiter must select the right candidate for the job. "It is often the case that the final selection is a compromise, that no candidate perfectly matches the specification, and that an offer is made to the person who most closely matches the specification." (Roberts. G, p16)
  • Induction

    Crucially the successful applicant must now undergo an induction process. This will provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to complete their job. They cannot be expected to enter the job without knowing what the companies expectations and proceedures are.
  • Starting Work

    Starting Work
    The individual should now be fully aware of their role within the company. Furthemore their manager or senior staff members must be aware of the change in staff and their attributes by this stage. Although some continuing help will be given for the foreseeable future, the employee will be expected to carry out their duties unsupervised from now on.