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How to Develop a Recruitment Policy

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How to Develop a Recruitment Policy


A recruitment policy is a formal document which broadly states the organization’s goals when recruiting. The aim of the policy is to:

  • provide a basis for compliance with legal obligations, and in the event of dispute, provide supporting evidence
  • give transparency to the recruitment process for employees and applicants
  • ensure consistency across different sections of the organisation
  • ensure that everyone in the organisation is informed about how the organisation intends to recruit
  • integrate with and reflect the organisation’s strategic and operational objectives
  • assist in promotion of the organisation to applicants

A recruitment policy which projects a professional image and promises fairness through a merit-based system should assist the organisation in attracting high calibre applications and it should be seen as part of the organisation’s overall employment brand. The recruitment policy may incorporate the organisation’s recruitment procedures, however the procedures are likely to undergo more frequent review and changes than the policy itself.

The recruitment policy may include:

  • an introduction, including a statement of the organisation mission and values
  • a policy statement – a simple, unambiguous statement of the basis of recruitment, normally on merit
  • qualifying criteria such as antidiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions
  • the organisation’s position on internal applicants
  • legal information – ensure that the contents comply with current employment law, particularly with regard to discrimination and contracts of employment
  • a recruitment process description e.g. approval to proceed with recruitment, advertising policy, selection procedures, parameters which regulate the employment of casual and contract employees
  • specific requirements e.g. appeal procedures, graduate recruitment programs, conflicts of interest, union considerations
  • appendices of related information e.g. employment committee, reference to related procedural documents
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