Talent Acquisition Versus Recruitment

There is a misconception that the two terms “Recruitment” and “Talent Acquisition” are the same thing and can be used as alternative terms.  These are assumed to have the same meaning.  But the fact is there is a fundamental difference between the two. The basic difference is short term and long term; either you are aiming for a quick replacement for the open position or long-term talent utilization planning. The recruiters and HR managers figure out the difference between the two. In defining the big picture for your company, talent acquisition comes first.


Both of the terms involve the same process steps sourcing, screening, interviewing and hiring. The difference is of approach. Talent acquisition has got more proactive approach to target beyond just hiring. Talent acquisition is the process of attracting potential candidates who can evolve at the company. Its more strategic based process concentrated on the company’s ambition and future-oriented approach.

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