What is a Hiring Pipeline?
A hiring pipeline also known as a recruitment or candidate pipeline is the process followed to attract and hire candidates. Although the hiring pipeline may not be followed to the letter it serves as a guide and an overview by which hiring typically runs.
Steps in a Hiring Pipeline
A hiring pipeline can start anywhere between candidate sourcing and job offer. To keep things simple we'll walk you through the hiring pipeline from sourcing to recruitment reports.
- Candidate Resourcing - This involves finding people who fit your vacancy description. This can be done through recruitment advertising methods such as job board advertising, social media recruitment advertising or headhunting to name but a few of the most popular in-house recruitment methods.
- Candidate Screening - This step involves identifying relevant and suitable candidates typically via manual sorting and selection from recruitment advertising responses. Recruiters may use pre-screening questions as their first layer of candidate screening. Pre-screening questions require 'yes' or 'no' answers from candidates upon application to a vacancy. Candidates who fail pre-screening will automatically be rejected reducing the amount of time spent on candidate screening.
- Pre-employment tests - Tests are not a regular step in the hiring pipeline for most SME businesses however performance assessment tests, situation and job-knowledge tests can help assess a potential employees competence. Personality tests can also be helpful in the personnel selection process by identifying good cultural fits for the business.
- Interviews - Interviews vary throughout the recruitment process, the typical interview process for an SME includes but is not limited to a phone interview and a face-to-face interview. Interviews can vary depending on the role and the organisation as can the number of people involved at each stage of the interview process.
- Background Checks - Checks are typically carried out on candidates toward the end of the recruitment process. The most regularly used background check amongst UK employers is the Disclosure & Barring Services check. The DBS check which identifies if candidates based on their
- Offers - Dependant on your hiring process offers may be made via different mediums of communication and may combine more than one method. For example candidates may receive a phone call followed by an offer letter. Certain processes may also include the negotiation of salary and benefits.
- Hire - Includes the physical filling of the vacancy and signalling the end of the hiring process.
- Reports - Include a recap of the hiring process assessing advertising performance and other key metrics such as quality of hire.