Effective human resources management involves establishing a clear process for recruitment and selection. Activities associated with recruitment and selection practices include complying with local, state and federal legislation. By analyzing the characteristics of work performed by your best employees and creating a robust job architecture framework, you can isolate the skills, knowledge and competencies required by your company to achieve its strategic goals. Additionally, HR evaluates candidates consistently, anticipates demand for new employees and establishes an induction and orientation process to get newly recruited employees working as soon as possible.

Job Description

Before you begin actively recruiting new employees, analyze your current workforce. Identify all the job families. A job family consists of a series of related job distinguished by progressively more complex levels of knowledge and skills. Establishing this architecture enables you to recruit less experienced personnel, such as high school and university graduates, and provide on-the-job training that prepares them for roles with more responsibility as time goes on. Additionally, defining company-wide job families allows you to decentralize recruitment and hiring decisions.

Listing Opportunities

After you identify which jobs you need to fill, create job openings on your own company job listing website or submit your openings to websites such as Monster and Indeed or to local newspapers. Activities associated with listing a job include creating the listing, viewing the listing and approving the listing. Other recruitment sources include job fairs. For example, the CareerOneStop website lists job fairs where employers speak to job seekers directly. At job fairs, candidates build a professional network, introduce themselves to you, answer your questions and learn more about your company. You may also recruit applicants from university job fairs.

Reviewing Applications

As applicants apply for jobs you've listed, activities associated with recruitment involve reviewing applicant data to assess whether the candidate has the right experience, skills and knowledge to perform the job. Set up a pre-employment checklist to ensure all HR personnel perform the same activities, such as conducting thorough interviews and background checks, before offering a candidate a job.


After a candidate has been offered a job, HR activities associated with recruitment involve communicating details about benefits, hours and other logistics. New employee orientation activities typically include showing the employees how to use company tools and reviewing policies and procedures. For example, before an employee starts work, your company may require him to pass a drug test, prove his eligibility for work in the United States and demonstrate his ability to fulfill other requirements related to your industry. This includes providing originals of all certificates and licenses required to do the job.