Full lifecycle recruitment can be broken down into 7 different stages; from planning which includes the process of creating a job description to onboarding of the selected candidate. By following all the different stages in order, companies engage in end-to-end hiring of a candidate.

Full life cycle recruiting is the end-to-end process of hiring a candidate. It’s composed of 7 different stages:

  1. Planning/Preparing
  2. Job Posting
  3. Sourcing 
  4. Screening
  5. Scheduling
  6. Selecting/Hiring
  7. Onboarding

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  1. Planning/Preparing

Planning and preparation are important aspects of starting any work. These play a major role In the recruitment cycle too. 

Recruitment should be started with defining a candidate persona and writing the Job Description (JD).

Coming up with a good JD of any particular job is always important as without understanding what the job entails, no candidate would want to apply.

The candidate persona should give an idea to the applicant of the qualities you are looking for in an ideal candidate. The JD should be very clear, mentioning the roles and responsibilities along with stating how the candidate stands to benefit from joining the company.   

  1. Job Posting

After preparing the JD, it needs to be posted by HR/Recruiters in order to spread the word that you are hiring for a particular position in your organization.

Without circulating the JD, it is difficult to find the right candidates for the job. Social media platforms, personal groups and different job portals JD can be used for circulating the JD.

  1. Sourcing

It is the method of utilizing all available resources to find the right candidate. 

HR/Recruiters can use various job portals, referrals, social recruiting, web sourcing to find the perfect candidate. After using these platforms, HR saves details of those candidates in the database that match the job description.

  1. Screening

Sourcing involves shortlisting the best candidates from a pool of job applications received. 

Recruiters assess the applicants for the first time through manual screening of the resumes after reading their cover letters. Post resume screening, a round of telephonic screening may follow, where the candidate is then evaluated on the basis of his communication skills, domain knowledge and previous work experience.

  1. Scheduling

If the feedback of the telephonic assessment round is positive, then only will the candidate be invited to attend an in-person or face-to-face interview. 

Taking the convenience of the candidate into account is crucial in ensuring that he turns up for the interview. A call before the interview helps in reminding the candidate about the interview and clearing any questions he might have about the process.

  1. Selecting

This plays the most crucial role in the recruitment life cycle. Hiring the best candidate from the shortlist pool can be the biggest challenge for the HR/Recruiters.

Selection is done primarily through a face-to-face interview. It gives the interviewer a chance to evaluate the candidate by his body language, attitude and technical skills in a one-to-one setting.

  1. Hiring

Hiring includes salary negotiation and issuing offer letters. HR plays a prominent role here in satisfying the candidate by negotiating the salary, benefits, and in convincing him to join the company.

The offer letter, which is a formal document entailing the conditions of a job is sent to the candidates selected for employment. This written confirmation contains the following details:

  • Job description (JD)
  • Job title
  • Date of joining
  • Reporting structure
  • Benefits offered and eligibility
  • Salary
  • Offer letter acknowledgement and proof of acceptance  
  1. Onboarding:

This is a very delicate phase of the recruitment process. The success of all the recruitment efforts so far hinges on this phase. 

It includes paperwork, and other formalities, such as induction, introduction to team members, orientation, and training.

The most important goal of this phase is to make the employee feel welcome and to make sure he settles in comfortably with the culture of the workplace 

Although full life cycle recruiting entails a lot of steps, it’s not a crucial step in finding the right candidate for the job vacancy. After all, the fate of your business depends on your hiring practices.

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Rishabh Ranjan
Rishabh Ranjan

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