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Why Transparency in the Recruitment Process Matters

The recruitment process is misunderstood. Many businesses and institutions think that the point of hiring someone is about getting the person you want for the job at the lowest possible cost. It’s not. The point of hiring someone is to get the best person for the job that you can afford. And to get the best person for the job, you need to maintain transparency in the recruitment process.

Importance of Transparency in Recruitment

Transparency is probably one of the most important elements of a recruitment process. It helps both the employer and the candidate to ensure that their expectations are correct and there are no unpleasant surprises after the recruitment process is complete.

Helps in reducing turnover

Hiring the wrong person is the fastest way to build a turnover problem. Unfortunately, it’s probably equally as common to fail at showing what working for your organization is like. It can be difficult for an interviewer to give a prospective candidate a realistic idea of what the job will be like, given how specific and unique things are from one organisation to another. Many recruiters tend to give vague half-answers such as “it’s rewarding” or “it’s fun”.  But that doesn’t mean you should stop trying! 


It’s more important than ever before to go above and beyond in your recruitment. You can just post your requirements on job boards and wait for candidates to come rolling in. Develop your hiring strategy through thoughtful planning, brainstorming sessions with your team, and by embracing transparency.

Strengthens organisational culture

When companies commit themselves to organizational structures and processes in a way that optimizes communication and knowledge sharing across their leadership as well as their entire staff, they are communicating how equally valuable they consider every member of the organisation. It is the responsibility of leaders to set a precedent of open-mindedness, seen by creating opportunities that make it easier for everyone to feel that they have the chance to share their thought processes so everyone can reach better conclusions together.

Engages employees

A transparent workplace recognises the hard and good work of its employees. Employees at a transparent organisation know what’s happening in business and feel comfortable voicing any concerns they may have. A more informed employee, who feels appreciated and trusted is much more likely to stay with the firm. When people are happy at their jobs, it has the ripple effect of making them more productive because they’re enthusiastic about what they do.

How to Include Transparency in Recruitment

As an organisation, one of the best ways to promote transparency is by being transparent about your hiring processes. Ensure that your job descriptions are up-to-date and in line with the requirements for the position, as well as crisp, accurate, and effective.

Be decisive

In today’s digital age where many people rely on search engines to find information from businesses, it is obvious that any indecisiveness or laxness when it comes to promoting employee policies can potentially lead to lost opportunities for either side of a business transaction, i.e. both, potential employees as well as prospective clients alike. So, your organisation must display its organisational structure and expectations during the hiring process.

Be open about challenges

When reaching out to a candidate, it is good to be forthright about any challenges you’ve faced up until this point. Mention these as early as possible in your call to gauge whether there’s sufficient merit in progressing the hiring process beyond this initial conversation. It adds to transparency in the recruitment process and shows respect to your potential new hires. The more people on the team know about what you’re looking for from them, the greater chance they have at communicating that to their network, which might mean a quality candidate is referred through them.

Include non-monetary benefits

Hiring a quality candidate is a tedious process that can be made easier. Transparency doesn’t always need to be radical or by sharing serious information only. You can include transparency in your recruitment process by highlighting the non-monetary benefits (a.k.a small experiences) like an extra day off for work-life balance, mentorship programs, autonomy in tasks, etc.

Summing up on How to Include Transparency in Recruitment

Transparency in the recruitment process isn’t having a pass to be rude or unprofessional, it’s about being open about what everyone is doing in their job. We often see employees who take their frustrations about an organisation out on social media or gossip with colleagues without bothering to speak with those higher up in the chain of command. Instead, taking the problems up the ladder internally and speaking privately with someone who could do something productive would benefit the employee and the organisation. 

In the spirit of transparency, create a space for your employees to showcase their stories and contribution to the organization— this can go from a simple article on your website or through customer testimonials posted on social media. After all, your employees are the voice of your organisation culture.

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