Full Life Cycle Recruiting

What is Full Life Cycle Recruiting?

Full Life Cycle Recruiting is a term used to describe a hiring process that covers all 6 stages of recruiting: preparation, sourcing, screening, selecting, hiring, and onboarding.


Our company has grown big enough that the hiring manager is no longer involved in every stage of the process. The only person who handles Full Life Cycle Recruiting is the HR Manager.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is Full Life Cycle Recruiting different from regular recruiting?There is no real difference between Full Life Cycle Recruiting and regular recruiting – they fundamentally both describe the hiring process. However, while “recruiting” is a more generic term that’s often colloquially used to describe individual elements of the hiring process (eg: typically the candidate sourcing stage), Full Life Cycle Recruiting is a term intentionally created to define the entire recruiting process, from preparation to onboarding, with no abbreviation.
  • How can you stay organized with Full Life Cycle Recruiting?Thinking in terms of Full Life Cycle Recruiting when hiring for an open position offers many benefits, including staying organized. Different HR platforms are often designed to interconnect with each other, so your candidate portal feeds into your Applicant Tracking System (ATS), which feeds into your onboarding platform. All the relevant information is kept in one central location, being tracked by the same small group of people who are tasked with hiring for this position. 
  • Is Full Life Cycle Recruiting effective?When you compartmentalize different stages of the recruiting process, each stage becomes its own silo, disconnected from all the other stages. This offers increased opportunities for things slipping through the cracks (especially as a candidate transitions between stages) and means that confusion can often stem from different members of the hiring team (HR, hiring manager, etc) not communicating with each other.Alternatively, Full Life Cycle Recruiting allows you to plan your hiring process holistically, setting up every part of the process to be in-line with every other part and ensuring that the entire process runs as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.
  • Why is it called Full Life Cycle Recruiting?Full Life Cycle Recruiting is named because as a term, it encompasses the full life cycle of the hiring process. This means Full Life Cycle Recruiting goes through all six stages of a traditional hiring process, without skipping any one:
    • Preparation – preparing your recruiting tools and updating your job description to best attract candidates.
    • Sourcing – Finding potential candidates and taking in applications using recruiters, job boards, social media, internal referrals, etc.
    • Screening – Sifting through all your applications to find the best potential candidates for the job. This can be done manually, automatically using specialty software, or a combination of the two.
    • Selecting – Interviewing your selected candidates to determine to whom you want to make an offer.
    • Hiring – Deciding which of the interviewed candidates you’d like to extend a job offer to. This can result in a candidate accepting the offer, negotiating, or declining the offer. The Hiring stage continues until you come to an agreement with a candidate.
    • Onboarding – The process of bringing a new hire into the company, getting them set up with the organization, and training them in the role they’re hired to perform.


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From strategic talent management to the best onboarding technology, Rival offers secure platforms that enable people to thrive in a changing workplace. Contact Rival today to talk to an expert to see how we can help you attract the best talent and keep them on board and performing up to your expectations.


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