Welcome to our list of commonly used high volume recruitment terms! The world of high volume Talent Acquisition is constantly evolving, which means it can be tricky to keep up with the newest industry jargon. That’s why we’ve put together this handy-dandy High Volume Talent Acquisition Glossary, so you can stay up to date with the latest terms and acronyms used in recruiting!
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An applicant is someone who is currently applying for a job or has recently applied.
An Applicant Tracking System (or ATS) is a software application that Talent Acquisition teams use to handle recruitment. An ATS can manage everything from receiving job applications to hiring employees.
An investigation that a company conducts into a candidate’s life. This may include (but is not limited to) checking for a criminal record or screening social media accounts.
Blind screening is a practice used during the hiring process in which any personally identifiable information is removed from a candidate's application to eliminate bias.
Once an applicant has been approved for the hiring funnel, they become a candidate.
Candidate experience refers to the various interactions candidates have with a company during the hiring process.
Contingent Workforce Management (or CWM) refers to the hiring and management of non-permanent workers.
Culture add is a way of thinking within hiring that prioritizes a candidate’s potential contribution to an organization rather than their alignment with the pre-existing organizational culture.
Culture fit is a way of thinking within hiring that prioritizes a candidate’s alignment with pre-existing organizational culture and values.
An Employee Assistance Program (or EAP) is a benefit program that assists employees with work-related or personal problems that may impact their well-being.
Employer brand refers to an organization’s reputation to job seekers.
An exempt employee is a worker who is not entitled to minimum wage or overtime compensation. Exempt employees are paid by salary rather than hourly.
A Human Resources Information System (or HRIS) is a software application used to track data related to Human Resources, payroll, and other accounting needs.
Human Capital Management (or HCM) refers to a set of people resource management strategies applied to the following three categories: workforce acquisition, workforce management, and workforce optimization.
A job board is a website on which Talent Acquisition teams can place ads for their job openings.
A non-exempt employee is a worker who is entitled to minimum wage and overtime compensation. Exempt employees are paid hourly rather than by salary.
Onboarding refers to the activities organizations put in place to welcome new employees and help them get acclimated with their new roles.
A purple squirrel is a job candidate that meets all of an employer's requirements.
A referral incentive is a cash prize or gift given to employees who refer candidates.
Time to fill is a metric that tracks the average time it takes to fill a position.
Time to hire is a metric that tracks the time that passes between initial contact with a candidate to when the candidate accepts a job offer.
Social Recruitment is a strategy in which organizations use social media sites to advertise their open positions.
A W-9 is a form that provides taxpayer information to the person who is required to file an information return with the IRS.
A W-2 is an income tax form issued by employers.
A W-4 is a tax form employees complete to let employers know how much money to withhold from their paycheck for federal taxes.
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