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Glossary: HR & Recruiting Definitions

What is a hiring pipeline?

A hiring pipeline is the overview of the different stages a candidate follows in the hiring process. The first stage in the pipeline is the application, then proceeds to the screening, interviewing, and assessment, ending with a rejection or an offer.

The number of steps within each stage of the hiring pipeline may vary depending, for example, on the number of interviews or candidate assessments required.  

How can you evaluate the success of your hiring pipeline?

A well-managed hiring pipeline allows you to evaluate your overall recruiting strategy and process. Taking a closer look at each stage in the hiring pipeline enables you to see what is working well and which areas need improvement. For example, by using JOIN you can identify how effective and cost-efficient your hiring pipeline is by determining

  • which job search sites and platforms deliver the most applications
  • which job search sites and platforms attract the most qualified applicants
  • where job advertisements achieve the best ROI 
  • what are your cost-to-hire and time-to-hire

The added value of a well-managed hiring pipeline

The benefits of setting up an effective hiring pipeline extend beyond quickly finding the right candidate to fill a job vacancy. Your hiring pipeline also provides value by helping to build your talent pool. As you can only hire one candidate, filter the other qualified applicants into your talent pool to reconnect with in the future if a similar role opens up. In JOIN you can always search and filter your candidate database to quickly see if you already have a good fit for an open role.

The hiring pipeline is also an opportunity to strengthen your employer brand. If you don't treat candidates well during each phase, it will reflect poorly on your brand. One way to ensure a positive experience is by timely responding to all applicants, even those who will not be moving forward. JOIN makes it easy to communicate with candidates through automated messaging. 

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