What is recruitment? What are the commonly used recruitment sources? Include a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each major source to support your answer.
Recruitment is the process of locating, identifying, and attracting capable applicants.
Commonly used recruitment sources are:
a. The Internet - This reaches a large number of people and can get immediate feedback. But, it also generates many unqualified candidates.
b. Employee referrals - The knowledge about the organization is provided by the current employees. This can generate strong candidates because a good referral reflects on the recommender. But, this may not increase the diversity and mix of employees in the organization.
c. The company Web site - This has a wide distribution. It can be targeted to specific groups, but on the flip side, it also generates many unqualified candidates.
d. College recruiting - This allows access to large centralized body of candidates. But, this source can be only used for filling entry-level positions in the organization.
e. Professional recruiting organizations - They have a good knowledge of industry challenges and requirements. But, on the negative side, they have very little commitment to specific organizations.
Source: Management, 11e (Robbins/Coulter)