Recruitment and Selection Methods
Recruitment and Selection Methods

Recruitment and selection methods are two distinct phases with specific methods for hiring professionals. Advantages and disadvantages of different recruitment and selection methods are specified in this article. Employee’s retention highly depends on the effectiveness of the primary steps of recruitment and selection methods . Hiring manager or HR manager should have appropriate knowledge on the techniques of recruitment and selection. Otherwise right candidates may not be selected.



The term “recruitment” refers to the first stage in the processes of filling the vacancies in an organization or the process of searching for prospective employees and stimulating and encouraging them to apply for published jobs in an organization.



Selection is the process of weeding out unsuitable candidates and finally choosing the most suitable persons out of all the applicants. Mostly, selection aims to conduct an interview to evaluate the candidates in order to select an individual for the specified job.


Types of Recruitment Methods

There are usually two types of recruitment process from which any organization can select a potential candidate. Both the internal and external process can be as below:

1) Internal Recruitment

A vacancy may be filled by a person who is already working at the company in another position, section or department. This may provide an opportunity to the existing employee to transfer or promotion who might be interested and competent for the position. Actions may be required for internal recruitment method are: distributing announcements for the opening position changes, searching organizational database for competent candidate with skills required to perform the job.


2) External Recruitment

This involves the feeling of a vacancy from a source outside the organization. The external recruitment method includes the form of disclosure. The sources may include the following:

  1. Employment agencies
  2. Recruitment consultants
  3. Advertisements in newspaper
  4. Advertisements in job-site
  5. Posting of vacancies in companies’ website
  6. Local school, college and university.


Advantages of Internal Recruitment

The advantages of internal transfer or promotion can be mentioned as below:

  1. This leads to greater job satisfaction and employee motivation among the employee.
  2. Manager may easily conduct transfer or promote an internal employee as his potentiality is already known to him. He may not follow the whole process of the recruitment.
  3. Induction training period may be shorter than the new candidate.


Disadvantages of Internal Recruitment

However, there might be certain disadvantages of internal recruitment as below:

  1. Organization will lose the opportunity of getting new employees with new ideas and innovation.
  2. Other employees may feel jealousy who are not considered for the internal position and resentment. He may not cooperate properly with the selected one.


Advantages of External Recruitment

  1. Organization can select qualified or competent personnel by attracting them through open circular of the vacancy. Recruitment through external sources may offers a much wider scope for selection from a big number of qualified candidates to the recruiter.
  2. Recruiters can choose perfect candidate from a larger number of people because of advertisement in multiple places.
  3. Recruiters can pick new talents from external sources which helps to improve the overall functionality of the organization by adopting new ideas. 
  4. Competitive spirit increases due to capturing external sources employees in the organization.  


Disadvantages of External Recruitment

  1. Discontent and frustration increase among the existing staff and they may feel that the chances of promotion are lean.
  2. The lead time of external recruitment is generally long.         
  3. The external recruitment process is very expensive. Because companies have to spend a lot of money for the advertisement and in others parts of the recruitment process. 
  4. Uncertainty of external applicants with the venture and there is no guarantee that the venture will be able to attract the right candidate. 

The recruitment and selection methods required a high level of analysis and planning considering the effectiveness and efficiency. In the recruitment and selection process, finance department also needs to forecast and prospect the budget for each step of this process besides the HR department.


Difference between Recruitment and Selection

1. Recruitment is the process of searching for prospective employees and stimulating and encouraging them to apply for jobs in an organization. 1. Selection is the process of weeding out unsuitable candidates and finally choosing the most suitable persons out of all the applicants.  
2. Recruitment is positive as it aims at increasing the number of applicants for wider choice or for increasing the selection ratio.   2. Selection is negative as it rejects a large number of applicants to identify the few who are suitable for the job.  
3. Recruitment involves prospecting or searching of candidates.   3. Selection involves comparison.
4. It is a positive approach. 4. It is a negative approach.
5. It proceeds selection. 5. It follows recruitment.
6. It is an economical method. 6. It is an expensive method.
7. It is a simple process. 7. It is a complicated process.

                                    Table: Difference between recruitment and selection

Control in Recruitment and Selection Methods

Evaluation and control is too much necessary as considerable costs are sustained in the recruitment and selection process. The costs generally incurred in below cases-

  • Salary of recruiters.
  • Cost of advertisement
  • Cost for producing supporting literature.
  • Fees for recruitment agency
  • Supporting management staff’s salary who works in background of recruitment and selection process.
  • Administrative cost
  • Cost of recruiting suitable candidate

Recruiters should keep sharp eyes on the above costing sections if they wants to reduce recruiting cost ever.


Evaluation of Recruitment and Selection Process

Recruitment and Selection methods goes through selective approaches to achieve ultimate objectives and the KPI of HR Manager. The evaluation of Recruitment and Selection process might include below things:

  1. Return rate of applications sent out.
  2. Number of shortlisted candidates at various stages of the recruitment and selection process.
  3. Number of suitable candidates for selection.
  4. Retention and performance rate of selected candidate.