In each recruitment exercise NHS employers must balance the desire to find the best candidates against the cost of recruiting and the time spent recruiting. To avoid the administrative costs involved in screening a large volume of applications, it is best to try and attract fewer — but higher quality — candidates.

When planning a recruitment exercise, the first question employers must ask themselves is whether to source applicants internally, externally, or both. If vacancies are to be filled internally, it is important that they are publicised to all staff and that the process is transparent.

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