As recruitment consultants, we are well-versed in the hiring process, but we appreciate that not all candidates have experienced it. There are many things that hiring managers think about when it comes to employee selection – many of these will depend on the individual company and the methods they choose to find qualified candidates. However, there are some common steps in the hiring process that most companies will follow. Now let’s take a closer look at these steps.

Steps in the Recruitment Process

Before making a hiring decision, most companies will go through a recruitment process which usually includes:

  • Human Resource Planning – the skill sets the company needs to fill and the number of employees they are looking to hire
  • Recruitment – producing the job description, advertising the role, job posting and scheduling interviews
  • Employee Selection – interview process, background and reference checks, and producing the offer letter

Step One: Finding A Job

There are many different places where companies will post their jobs, so it is important to take a multi-faceted approach to job hunting, so you can ensure you have all bases covered. You may want to look at the following:

  • Company Site – Most companies will start their candidate search by posting their available positions on their website. Many companies also schedule job interviews online.
  • LinkedIn – Many companies now post their opportunities on LinkedIn, the professional networking site, and they may also search LinkedIn to find potential candidates. If you are not sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date, check out our informative blog on
    what information your LinkedIn profile should include.
  • Social Media – LinkedIn is not the only social media site companies use to promote their vacancies; they may also use Facebook, Twitter and other sites.
  • Online Job Boards – If companies are actively seeking a large number of candidates, they may use online job boards, such as
  • Recruitment Consultancy – If companies are in a niche area, such as data, they may use a specialist recruitment company like Agile Recruit, especially if they are trying to fill senior and executive jobs.

Step Two: Apply for a Job

The second step in the recruitment process is to apply for a job and get your information in front of the people responsible for filling the role you are interested in. Depending on the job role and where it is advertised, you may have to apply for the job online, email a letter and CV to a specific person, or do it the old-fashioned way – by post!

Over the coming months, we will cover topics such as filling out a job application, writing a great cover letter and many other tips for applying for jobs.

Step Three: Applications run through Recruiting Software

This may come as a surprise, but many companies simplify the recruiting process by running applications through recruiting software, which can also help them manage the recruitment process. Recruiting software is designed to help employers screen applications to make it easier to sift out the applications where the candidate experience matches their needs most closely. They can also be used as an applicant tracking system to track applications from when they are received to when their chosen candidate accepts the position.

Step Four: Talent Assessments

Some companies also run talent assessments at this stage to ensure the candidates they are planning on inviting in for an interview match their hiring criteria and are a good cultural fit for their company.

Step Five: Interviews

The interview process probably warrants a whole blog, as candidates may face up to four interviews – including a screening interview, an in-person first interview, and a follow-up second and third interviews.

Step Six: Interview Follow Up

It may seem daunting to face four interviews, but you must follow up with the company after each interview. Taking the time to thank the interviewer for his or her time and reiterating your interest in the position and the company can go a long way. You don’t have to do it in person – a phone call or email will suffice.

Step Seven: Background Check

More and more companies are conducting background checks on candidates before offering them a job, but it shouldn’t be anything to worry about. It normally entails checking your national insurance details, work history and references. Depending on the job role, it may also entail criminal record research or driving records. The information the Company discovers could lead to a job offer not being made or one being withdrawn, so you should be as open and honest as possible throughout the recruitment process.

Step Eight: Job Offer

Usually, the candidate’s favourite part of the whole process, the job offer, will outline your salary and benefit entitlement, so you should review it thoroughly before accepting (or rejecting it). If you are not keen on something within the job offer, accept it outright; try contacting the company and negotiating with them.

As you can see, there are many steps involved in the hiring process, and it could take a considerable amount of time or be quick and simple.

If you are looking for a new role in the data industry, don’t hesitate to contact Agile Recruit, the honest and transparent data recruitment agency. You can call us on 0161 416 6633 or email us at

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