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Recruitment, Selection and Induction: The Basics

Build your skills and knowledge of the recruitment pipeline and learn how to manage the selection and induction of new staff.

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Explore recruitment policies and processes, from planning to probation

On this one-week course from Learning Lounge, you’ll learn the basics of recruiting, selecting, and inducting new staff.

From the policies needed before considering recruitment to setting and completing an employees probation, you’ll explore each step of the recruitment process.

Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll be equipped with the tools and knowledge to successfully and efficiently plan, recruit, and onboard new employees to your organisation.

Discover the workforce planning and job analysis process

When a vacancy occurs, it’s important to identify the gaps needed and determine any changes needed to accommodate new directions and technology.

This course will take you through the steps to take during a job analysis and the benefits of conducting them.

You’ll also look at the pre-recruitment process, including communication between hiring staff, recruitment technology and what to include in a job description.

Develop your job interview skills for better results

Selection is the process of determining the best person for the requirements of the job from those in the pool of candidates. There are numerous parts to the selection process.

You’ll learn the different steps in the selection process, from reviewing applications to conducting interviews, before delving deeper into how to build the best interviews and how to assess candidates.

Learn how to build a great induction process

Once you’ve found the person for your vacant job role, they need to be onboarded and introduced to the organisation.

This course will guide you through the purpose of the induction process and what information should be included. You’ll build an induction checklist and explore some common induction complaints and queries.


  • Week 1

    Recruitment, selection and induction: an overview

    • Strategic planning and recruitment

      Let's begin!

    • Policies and processes

      What are the 12 steps of recruitment and selection? How do you incorporate adhering to legislation within these steps?

    • Communication, outsourcing and technology

      Let's consider factors that could make your role easier: communication methods, outsourcing work externally, and technological software.

    • Job analysis and writing a job description.

      Conduct a thorough job analysis before you advertise a vacant position.

    • Interviews and selection

      How to conduct a fair, unbiased selection process to gain the right person for the role.

    • Induction and probation

      We've reached the final stages! Inducting new members of staff and successfully guiding them through their probationary period.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss recruitment, selection, and induction policies and operational plans
  • Identify options for how technology could improve the efficiency and effectiveness of recruitment processes
  • Explore template forms and documents
  • Investigate if your selection procedures are in accordance with policy and legal requirements
  • Evaluate the success of processes - obtaining feedback from participants and managers
  • Develop job descriptions to use when advertising vacancies

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone brand new to recruitment processes, especially those working in human resources and line managers.

It may also be of interest to anyone thinking about a career in HR.

Who developed the course?

Learning Lounge

Learning Lounge (LL) is Australia’s leading online course publisher. With over 100,000+ hours of highly produced, engaging, industry-led content across 20+ industries.

Learning Lounge believes fervently in the value of online learning: it is fundamental to their vision and always will be. They are constantly investing in improving a learner’s experience by creating engaging, interactive content.


FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform and has been providing high quality online courses for learners around the world over the last ten years.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime

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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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