What is a talent acquisition specialist?
A talent acquisition specialist is responsible for sourcing candidates using various channels, planning interviews with hiring managers and coordinating selection procedures and criteria. Organisations hire talent acquisition specialists to handle the entire recruitment process so that line managers can focus on their work, and leave the hiring and sourcing process to the professionals.
Talent acquisition specialists don’t only work on immediate vacancies but keep an up-to-date candidate pool of talent in relevant departments. This ensures that when contracts or full time positions require a replacement, they can act quickly and efficiently to provide a suitable candidate.
Talent acquisition specialist duties and tasks can include:
- Liaising with hiring managers to determine requirement needs and selection criteria
- Sourcing potential candidates through various platforms including online advertisements, LinkedIn, social media and job boards
- Managing the hiring process from start to finish, including screening, interviewing and offering stages
- Organising the interview process and questions for shortlisted applicants.
These hiring tasks are particularly well-suited to being outsourced. Organisations free up their local human resource (HR) teams’ time by sending these tasks to outsourced talent acquisition specialists. This allows your onshore team to focus on performing higher value, revenue generating work.