What Does a Recruiter Do?
Key Terms and Job Fundamentals for Recruiters

Recruiters are an integral part of the hiring process. The recruiter is responsible for sourcing and identifying the best candidates for an open job. They work closely with the hiring manager and candidates, conduct interviews, and recommend the top candidates based on skill and fit. The recruiter will also conduct reference checks, provide advice to both the client and candidates, facilitate the offer, negotiate compensation, and schedule onboarding.

Here are some key terms you need to know:

Hiring Process

The process begins when a company identifies the need to fill a position and ends when the vacant position is filled. The typical steps for hiring and selection vary depending on the role and company. Usually, they include identifying the need, implementing the organization’s hiring strategy (including creating a job description), attracting and identifying candidates, selecting and interviewing, and finally offering the chosen candidate a job.

Applicant pool

The total number of applicants who are applying for a particular position. The size of an applicant pool will vary depending on many factors: quality of the job description, experience and skills required, industry, the complexity of the position, competitiveness of the compensation offered, and current employment rates, to name a few.

Applicant tracking system (ATS)

Applicant Tracking System is a computerized software tool used by organizations (companies, recruiting firms, and staffing agencies) to maintain and manage applicants. An ATS filters applications based on given criteria such as keywords, skills, former employers, years of experience, and schools attended.


Sourcing is how a recruiter will search for and identify individuals who meet most of the ideal skills and experience for an open job.


During the hiring process, a series of interviews are conducted to determine if an applicant is the right fit for the job opening. Depending on the seniority or complexity of the position, there may be multiple rounds of interviews utilizing various formats between the various key players, including the recruiter, hiring manager, and other important company personal. Interviews can include an initial phone interview, followed up by in-person interviews. Learn more about interviewing: http://dev1.turningpointexecsearch.com/job-interview-tips/.

Reference check

The reference check is one of the final stages of the hiring process. A recruiter or hiring manager will contact a candidates’ references to find out more about the candidate.  The recruiter or hiring manager will also contact the employee’s previous supervisors or co-workers to better understand the candidate’s skills and reputation in previous employment situations. http://dev1.turningpointexecsearch.com/blog/hiringexecutive-recruiting/reference-check-or-gut-check/

Background check

A background check is a legal investigation into an applicant’s life, including whether they have a criminal record.  It may also include an investigation into their social media usage.

Direct hire

This is when an applicant is offered a position directly by the company.

Direct placement

This is a process where an external recruiter directly connects a potential employee with an employer, and the employer proceeds to hire that individual.


This is the process of integrating new employees into their new company and work environment to ensure they are aware of their duties and roles and acclimating them to the organization’s culture.

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