The Three Worst Places To Look For New Recruits

Knowing where to find the right person for the job can be tough

One of the hardest parts of recruitment is to find the right employee for the job. This task can be very stressful if not approached in the right way by the Recruiter.

One would think with so much unemployment going around in every country in the world it would be easy to find willing candidates to fill the position you are posting.

Not so, my experience is that even though you have many applicants responding to the job posting it is still a difficult task to find the right person for the job. It is not uncommon to get 500 + applications for one job which makes the task more difficult when it comes to selection.

Why does it matter where I recruit? 

It does not help to do your job posting and then receive an overwhelming response. This should be the first sign that your job posting is attracting the incorrect response.

Same as everything else it is important to know who your target market is and where you will find them. Looking in all the wrong places will only make matters worse for yourself.

The main cause of this happening is because the Recruiter has not prepared himself properly for the recruitment process. There are certain things that need to be done before the recruitment process can start and for the job posting to go ahead.

  • The available position wasn't analyzed properly 
  • The Recruiter wasn't informed by management about the requirements of the individual 
  • The need to fill the position wasn't thought through properly 
  • Management made a rush decision to fold position as quick as possible 

These are only some of the factors that can influence the recruitment process and a guarantee that it would fail.

Where should I avoid recruiting?

Maybe one of the most important factors in the recruitment process that people ignore is looking in the right places. So many options available today recruiters will normally take the easiest option available to him.

This will lead them to the most unlikely places to find the right person for the job which will leave them disappointed with their selection.

Here are some of the 3 most common places people use to do the Recruitment as an easy option: 

  • General classified ad sites on the web 
  • Social media
  • Word of mouth 

Please don't miss understand it is possible to find very good recruits on these platforms but it is also flooded with risk.

Why not recruit from here? 

General classified ad sites on the web can be useful depending on the position you need to fill. It does not mean you will not find what you looking for here but it will be more difficult for the Recruiter to complete the rest of the process. All the pre-screening and the process of verifying information by the applicant will still have to be done.

At the end of the process, the selection will depend on the personal preference of the Recruiter and maybe not what the organization needs.

Recruiting on social media will only work if you know where to look but in general social media are meant exactly for that - to be social. It is a different story if you are looking for specific groups where the potential candidate might be hanging out such as specialized business forums.

Recruiting By Word Of Mouth can be dangerous for the organization if not monitored well buy a recruitment panel. This increases the risk of employing people that are connected too closely with other staff members but lack the skills to perform in the position you are trying to fill.


It is important to know what you are looking for and where you will find it. This will help to create a smooth recruitment process and hopefully provide you with the perfect team member.

Question: Where do you do your recruitment from?

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