June 21, 2008

Recruitment – Trends

Filed under: Latest Trends in HR, Recruitment — Tags: , , — hrcases @ 7:25 pm

Historically, in our country trade was either inherited or learnt from the master craftsman directly. Before the Industrial Revolution, the villages were self-sufficient. Business was carried out through the barter system. This division gave rise to the CASTE SYSTEM. The caste system gradually became deep-rooted due to the fact that the skills imparted were transferred from father to son. The Industrial Revolution in Britain created a need for both, the raw materials required to run the factories and a market for the finished products. For this, the raw materials were bought from the British colonies at cheaper rates, while the finished goods were sold back to the colonies at lower prices. The Industrialization era created greater employment opportunities.

Meaning of Recruitment

In Industrial terminology, to recruit has come to mean “to fill up a vacancy” and recruitment is the process involved in it.

With the rise of Industrial Revolution, the demand for skilled labor grew, giving rise to greater opportunities in terms of the number of skilled personnel required for the job.

People from all sections of society now learnt and pursued different trades of their choice. This was the beginning of a social transformation, which eventually rid the society of the evils of a deep-rooted caste bias.

Pre-Recruitment Stages

Recruitment is the function of the Personnel Department, which identifies the vacancies based on the need expressed by the concerned department.

The Personnel Department takes sanction for filling up he post from the management.

There is a fundamental shift from “the approved manpower planning” to the requirements of manpower and finance originating from the business plan.

This shift is due to the change in the operation of business. Today, the market is driven by consumer preference, and consumers no longer merely take what is produced. The need for a variety in the skilled manpower originates from the growing customer expectations.

Modes of Recruitment

The traditional system of recruitment depended upon the recent applications sourced from the company employees’ children. The application contained a column which required the prospective candidate to state whether she/he has any relative working in the organization.

The modern organizations scout for bright candidates across the globe.

Sourcing through Newspapers

The common method of sourcing prospective candidates is by advertising for positions in the newspapers.. The newspaper advertisement carries a short profile of the company and the position with a job description.


Tele-recruitment is a method wherein candidates are interviewed over the telephone, selected and recruited. The employers check the skills sets and experience of the prospective candidates before interviewing them.


The spread of Internet has enabled employers to search for candidates globally and has made the recruitment process easier. The employer can browse the profile of candidates from the Internet and the candidates can be accessed through e-mail.

Recruitment through Placement Consultants

The placement agencies invite resumes of prospective candidates. They also interview candidates and shortlist those according to the criteria laid down by the respective companies. This helps the employers to interview a limited number of potential candidates.


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