Sourcing - Meaning & Example

Published by MBA Skool Team, Last Updated: May 23, 2020

What is Sourcing?

Sourcing is the process of short listing correct candidates within the recruitment process. Recruiters need to find qualified and unique candidates for job orders who can be job fit. Sourcing refers to the initial part of recruiting where candidates are found through a variety of methods.

Some recruiters do sourcing function through agencies who specialize in recruiting and are called sourcers. Many larger companies and firms employ teams of sourcing professionals that concentrate only on the initial pool of candidates. The sourcers then “hand off” the candidates to a different department of team of recruiters which handle qualification, interview, and placement.

Example of Sourcing

A company might be looking for an individual with a background in computer engineering who also have an experience of more than 5 years. Recruiting and sourcing professionals have a understanding of how to source this specialized talent through a variety of means. These professionals will often have a comprehensive understanding of Internet sourcing tactics. They will filter candidate lists from the Internet and also source talent from competing companies.

The above image shows the recruitment process.

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