Recruitment Strategy

Marc Orlitzky

in The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199547029
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577390 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

Recruitment Strategy

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This article provides an overview of the theoretical and empirical contributions that have been made to the literature on recruitment strategy. Recruitment can usefully be defined as ‘those practices and activities carried out by the organization with the primary purpose of identifying and attracting potential employees’. This definition highlights the important difference between two HR functions that are typically seen as indivisible, or at least difficult to distinguish, namely recruitment and selection. Whereas selection is the HR function that pares down the number of applicants, recruitment consists of those HR practices and processes that make this paring down possible — by expanding the pool of firm-specific candidates from whom new employees will be selected.

Keywords: recruitment strategy; potential employees; HR function; recruitment and selection; organizational activities; HR processes

Article.  9942 words. 

Subjects: Human Resource Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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