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For your recruitment, switch to inbound recruiting


As a result, we are faced with a new reality: we can no longer simply make an offer to potential candidates. They make their own decision to come to your company, because they are convinced that you will make a good employer. That's what inbound recruiting is all about, the new recruitment standard that you need to align yourself with.

Some figures first

Before going any further, we have to give you some facts about why inbound recruiting is so important.

  • Today, 79% of candidates first learn about a given company before applying and 46% of them use the company's career website (according to Forbes);
  • The same proportion of candidates remain passive in their job search. They monitor the market and only apply when a position or company really interests them (LinkedIn);
  • 69% of respondents refuse to work for a company with a bad reputation as an employer (Glassdoor);
  • Companies that have already switched to inbound recruiting have a strong corporate brand. They were able to cut their recruiting expenses in half and their turnover rate is only 28% (Eda Gultekin study)

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What is inbound recruiting ?

Inbound recruiting is inspired by inbound marketing. This process involves attracting a candidate to the company by creating quality content and maintaining the company's employer brand.

The first thing to do is to catch the attention of a potential candidate by presenting all of the company's values and strengths and by letting them know why the company is worthy of their interest. While doing their research, candidates will think, "oh, it would be nice to work for this company". They will then make an unsolicited application or be ready to apply as soon as a job offer appears.

Inbound recruiting:

  • Guides candidates when they are not yet ready to apply and provides them with useful and relevant information;
  • Promotes the company, the quality of its management and all the opportunities it offers;
  • Allows you to answer all the questions a candidate may have, even before your offer is posted;
  • Allows you to get to know the candidate and to adapt your recruitment strategy depending on isolated talents;
  • Promotes the development of a community of candidates around the company, thus facilitating the dissemination of recruitment information.

4 reasons to switch to inbound recruiting

Some companies believe they can do without inbound recruiting because they never faced a shortage of talent. However, this new recruitment strategy has considerable advantages.

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1.Be heard/followed by potential candidates

You don't just recruit with inbound recruiting - you recruit the best. The constant flow of information is focused enough to target the right type of candidates. This means that not much effort is spent on attracting talent. The company is already attractive enough to attract talent.

2.Save time

The recruitment process doesn't take as long as it used to when the employer brand is already established and all the information is available to the candidate. The only thing the company has to do is select the talent that aligns best with its own values.


3.Save money

L’inbound recruiting requiert un certain investissement lors de sa mise en place, notamment pour la création de contenus, le community management de la page d’entreprise sur les réseaux sociaux et éventuellement, le partage de tous ces contenus. Néanmoins, une fois la base mise en place, on peut la considérer comme acquise et ne nécessitera plus que de l’enrichissement. Il suffit d’actualiser les contenus – avec un amortissement des investissements sur une année.

4. Easy ROI tracking and staff retention

Inbound recruiting provides crystal-clear figures: how many people were reached by the information you spread? How many were converted? How many were recruited and how quickly? How many remained loyal to the company? You can then adjust your recruitment strategy according to these figures and maximize the profitability of all your recruitments.

How to set up your inbound recruiting?

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Préalablement à l’inbound recruiting proprement dit, il faut d’abord que vous définissiez vos candidats personae, c’est-à-dire le type de candidat que vous voulez recruter avec autant de détails que possibles : tranche d’âge, valeurs, formations, …

Vous pourrez ainsi plus aisément réussir les 5 étapes de l’inbound recruiting, à savoir :

  • Attracting the candidate: by creating content that "speaks" to your candidate-personae and by sharing it where they are: social media, blogs, career websites, online recruitment platforms, ... ;
  • Convert them: through customized emails, white papers or interventions by professionals they can identify with;
  • Recruit them: conversion is different from recruitment. In the first case, the goal is to win over a potential candidate (they will subscribe to your pages, websites, and will be on the lookout for information and announcements that you will send them). In the second case, you will have to make a decision on the number of converts you want to reach. Nurturing plays an important role here. This involves maintaining the candidate's interest in your company. The same applies to scoring, which is the process of giving a score to each potential candidate in order to isolate and recruit the best candidate for your company, its values and its objectives;
  • Loyalty: ensure the successful integration of the candidate into your internal team. Onboarding involves providing complete information, sharing information internally and any other means necessary to ensure that the candidate likes working for your company.


Inbound recruiting tools and partners

What has been said above makes it quite obvious that you need the following tools to succeed in inbound recruiting:

  • A website or a career page: without it, you won't have a "one-stop shop" for recruitment and you won't simplify the candidate experience, which is very important now. As a result, you won't be interesting or trustworthy.
  • A blog with some information about you and your recruitment method: blogs are easier to read and allow you to get closer to your potential candidates;
  • Social media accounts (or pages): of your candidate personas, but more generally on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. This will make it easier to communicate with your candidates, to get to know them and to build real relationships. You also need to establish different partnerships to create a community around the employer brand.
  • Partnerships with blogs or specialized websites: what better way to recruit a geek than to have a presence on geek communities, websites and forums and to be allowed to present yourself and talk about your strengths;
  • Online recruitment platforms such as Hunteed already have experts on board and a large number of candidates who "follow" the platform. This allows you to spread a message to people who are already more or less "ready" to apply for a particular job.

Conclusion :

Inbound recruiting is therefore a great recruitment "must-have" of the 21st century. It's not about changing your expectations, nor the type of candidate you're looking for. It's simply a set of methods that are better adapted to the contemporary realities of recruitment, facilitating your contact with potential candidates and allowing you to overtake your competitors in terms of talent acquisition.