Recruiting 101: What Is Full Cycle Recruiting?

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What is full cycle recruiting?

What is full cycle recruiting?

Full cycle recruiting refers to the entire recruiting process. The term is often used to describe a recruiter or HR person who can complete every step: a full cycle recruiter.

Those steps might include:

  1. Taking the hiring manager’s job requisition
  2. Developing a clear job description and identifying must-haves and nice-to-haves for the new hire
  3. Placing a listing for the role on job boards, advertising the opening on social media, or sourcing candidates
  4. Screening candidates and preparing the hiring manager to interview them
  5. Presenting an offer to finalists and negotiating its details with them
  6. Preparing the hire to start the job

When is a recruiter not full cycle?

Typically, this happens when the sourcing function is handled by a specialized sourcer instead of a recruiter.

“Should recruiting be split between recruiters and sourcers with separate job titles and responsibilities? It depends. Do an audit of what your company’s specific recruitment and sourcing issues are and ask if you have the right people in those right roles.”

— Angela Bortolussi, partner and recruiting manager at Recruiting Social


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