When should or shouldn’t you recruit from within your company?
It’s often challenging to decide whether you should look inside or outside of the company to fill vacancies.
Before you decide how to recruit, it’s best to understand the pros and cons of external and internal recruitment methods and the suitable timings for each method.
If you’re recruiting internally, the 5 innovative internal recruitment methods in this article can help you fill the vacancies with the right candidates.
Let's start with the basics.
Internal recruitment is the process of finding and hiring a workforce within your own company to fill vacancies.
In contrast to looking outside, some HR professionals would steer their sights toward the internal workforce for several reasons.
That’s because you have a better sense of who the person is and how they fit your company culture.
It also takes less time to train because they are already familiar with your company's culture, expectations, and way of working. The only thing you need to do is to train them about the technicalities of the role.
You’re also offering growth and learning opportunities to existing employees who might be looking elsewhere, further retaining your talents.
But internal recruitment is not all sunshine and rainbows. There are disadvantages too. And there are times external recruitment would help you find more suitable talents for the role.
Let us compare between internal and external recruitment and when you should use them.
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As you can see, each type of recruitment works has its own pros and cons, which means they work best in different situations and timings.
What confuses most HR professionals is determining the best time to use the best recruitment method.
Internal recruitment works best when you have found that the following is true or necessary:
Some of the bad times to hire internally are:
At this point, you have understood how internal recruitment works and when you should use it to reap the most rewards.
In this section, you will learn some of the most common internal recruitment methods AND innovative methods which you may not have heard before.
The common methods of internal recruitment are:
If you're looking for a new hire, it may be time to look within your company.
Internal recruitment is an excellent way to promote more talented employees and retain them.
Using innovative methods like hiring retirees or upskilling qualified candidates can help fill the vacancies without relying solely on traditional means of job advertising.