When it comes to 2019 hiring challenges, many companies don’t take advantage of internal recruiting. This is puzzling, because most employers are intensely focused on retention. Plus many are struggling to meet staffing needs.

Internal recruiting helps on both fronts. Let’s discuss the relationship.

First, the fundamentals.

What is Internal Recruiting?

Internal recruiting is the process of identifying and attracting current employees to accept another job position within your organization.

Types of Internal Recruiting

  1. Promotions: When an employee is promoted to a higher position
  2. Location transfer: When an employee relocates to another office or sales territory
  3. Inter-departmental transfer: When an employee assumes a similar level position within their department
  4. Temporary-to-permanent: When an intern, temp, or part-timer assumes a full-time, permanent position
  5. Contractor-to-employee: When a 1099 independent contractor becomes an in-house employee
  6. Boomerang employees: Retired employees who return to work, sometimes part-time or as a contractor

Internally Assisted Recruiting

This is related to the types discussed previously. When existing employees recommend outside applicants, it can be extremely effective. One important difference is that it doesn’t leave a position vacated.

Current employees understand your company culture. They are in a position to know if a referral would also thrive in your organization. In one sense, they have performed a first-level screening.

What Are The Benefits of Internal Recruiting?

Financial Savings

When an existing employee assumes another position, you save time and money on:

Minimizes Hiring Risk

Internal recruits fit in with the company culture and have established relationships. Plus, they are already on the payroll. If you make a hiring mistake, you may be able to move them back to their original team.

Career Development Opportunities

Most employees want to advance along a career path. This is only possible with promotions—a type of internal recruiting.

Faster Hiring and Time-to-Productivity

Internal recruits don’t need to be onboarded. They require less training. Plus, they often accept a job offer more quickly than an outside applicant. Finally, it’s less common for an internal recruit to ask for an extended interim before starting the new position.

Employee Engagement and Productivity

Companies that promote from within often have a more engaged and productive team. When they see your company investing in them, it improves performance and sense of common purpose. Employees who are invested in your business serve your customers better. When it comes to retention, a commitment to your mission can be as important as benefits and perks.

Employee Retention

There is a higher retention rate for internal recruits in many industries. Presumably, they already enjoy working at your company. If they accept a promotion or transfer, they are probably planning to stay a while.

Tips For Successful Internal Recruiting

  • Create rules
    • Are all employees allowed to apply?
    • Is there a minimum tenure for eligibility?
    • Can managers invite employees from other departments to apply for positions on their team?
    • Do employees need permission from managers to apply?
    • Who needs to be involved in the decision-making process?
    • Should you use an outside hiring team to screen and evaluate candidates to mitigate potential biases?
  • Formalize internal job postings
  • Give non-selected applicants feedback to help them the next time they apply for an internal position
  • Screen internal employees just as carefully as outside applicants
  • Use applicant tracking software for internal applicants the same way you use it for outside applicants

When Not to Use Internal Recruiting

Do you need fresh ideas in a department? If there is stagnation, an internal recruit may not be the best person for the job.

Do you need to increase diversity in your organization? Internal recruiting will only reinforce the status quo.

Have you created a new department? Are you planning to develop a new product? If you don’t have the necessary skills and/or experience on your staff, you’ll need to go outside your company.

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