Talent Management: Attract

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Talent Management Toolkit > The process> Identify > Attract > Develop > Retain > Evaluate


2. Attract, recruit and select

‘When recruiting, organisations traditionally focus on competencies, knowledge, skills and qualifications as these are generally easier to articulate, identify and measure. However, values, traits, behaviours and motivational drivers are equally – and in some cases more – important. While the competencies and knowledge provide valuable information and insight about an individual’s readiness for a particular role, traits and drivers help to reveal a person’s potential…’ (Kings Fund, 2015[1])

CIPD (2015)[2] published an article exploring the behavioural science of recruitment and selection, outlining ways in which harnessing knowledge about how we actually behave can help those engaged in recruitment to improve outcomes for organisations. The report explores ways to attract candidates best suited to the job and the organisation’s broader needs; the use of key selection and assessment tools, and the biases and errors of judgement that may occur when using these tools; and the experience of the candidate during the recruitment process, including the impact of stress and the knock-on effects of the candidate experience on the employer brand.

Professional Bodies

There are a number of professional bodies whose approaches and resources you may wish to consider when recruiting and selecting talent.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is Europe’s largest HR and development professional body, supporting and developing those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations.

The aim of the CIPD is to drive sustained organisation performance through HR, shaping thinking, leading practice and building capability within the profession.

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) CILIP is the leading body representing the information professions. It supports its members by supporting the development of skills, knowledge and excellence. They provide unity through shared values and advocate on behalf of the information professions.

FEDIP – the Federation for Informatics Professionals in Health and Social Care, is a collaboration between the leading professional bodies in health and care informatics supporting the development of the informatics profession.

The federation brings individuals and organisations together to establish professional standards in health informatics and maintain a public register of experienced practitioners – offering greater confidence to employers, clients, colleagues, government and the wider society, both UK and overseas.

The institutions licensed to award FEDIP offer their members registration at four levels – Practitioner, Senior Practitioner, Advanced Practitioner, Leading Practitioner – dependent on the competence, knowledge and experience of the applicant in the field of health informatics

Recruiting using Social media

Organisations are increasingly using social media and networking as a means of attracting and recruiting talented individuals into posts. Use the following resources to get some ideas about use social media to improve recruitment: