Recruiting: With Slack



Slack is quickly establishing itself as a vital component of any modern business, but especially so as a recruitment tool.


More and more businesses are using Slack as a recruitment tool, and we’ve picked out a few ways it can become a key part of your process :

  • Make dedicated recruitment Channels

  • Use unique and fun features to streamline processes

  • Seek out talent through Communities

  • Customising your experience with third party apps

  • Use Slack Etiquette to grab attention

Shortcut to Links

  • Slacklist – dynamic list of Slack Communities

  • Teamtailor – tool for consolidating applications

  • Zapier – tool for linking different apps together

  • Recruitee – ATS that puts candidates in a recruitment pipeline to help track them.

  • Hellotalent – ATS that lets you organise candidates into pools.

We’ve briefly talked about how great Slack is for enabling communication between employees, letting whole teams contact each other, and improving efficiency across the board.

But did you know that Slack is in fact even more versatile than you might first think? Did you know, for example, that it can be a powerful tool for recruitment? With over 3 active million users, a rapidly increasing number of channels and communities, there are bound to be some candidates perfect for your positions. In addition, Slack’s ease of use and casual nature makes it supremely popular with developers and other creatives who may not make regular use of LinkedIn.

We’ve got some simple tips here to make the most out of it.

Have dedicated recruitment channels

Slack is, as we know, an incredible tool for team communication, so your first port of call should be setting up a channel that everyone involved in the recruitment process has access to. HR, Recruitment, finance staff, directors, anyone who is involved in your companies process should be in there.

Have the approach you’re going to use somewhere written in plain English, and pin it to the channel, then everyone can see it and will be on the same page.

You could add additional channels for different purposes, such as for reviewing job listings, or specific recruitment channels for specific roles but it’s up to you how in depth you go. the more channels you have, the more neat each will be, but it does risk some information getting lost in the shuffle.

You could also consider having temporary private channels ( so as to protect each candidates privacy!) devoted to each candidate that gets past a specific point. You can pin their CV and any other documents from them there, schedule meetings, discuss interview responses in greater depth to get second opinions and that sort of thing. You can archive these channels for future reference once you’ve stopped using them.

Use Slack’s unique features

Slack has a lot of fun tools right out the box that make using it a breeze. Make use of Emojis, pictures, direct messages and the like to help keep on top of things and streamline the process.

For example, reacting to a document with a tick emoji means that everyone can acknowledge they’ve read it, without everyone having to respond in text.

Slack has a bit more of a casual feel than similar apps, make the most of it!

Slack can also be a useful tool for onboarding, and that casual feel is an important part of that. Not only can you have a dedicated channel for new hires, with all the information they need in one place, it means they’ll have a direct line to all the people they need to help them settle in. It’s also way way easier for your current employees to help new hires through a direct message that can be sent and read instantly than having to wander over to their desk or send an email that could get lost in an inbox.

Seek out Talent

Your best approach for recruiting is to find a few relevant Communities to join. These are publicly accessible groups (although some require invites or admin permission to join) that allow people to post and chat about areas that interest them.

Websites like Slacklist have lists of all sorts of different communities that might suit your specific needs, for whatever role you’re looking for.

There are several important things to look for when seeking out communities to advertise on. Firstly, make sure they’re relatively active, or else you’ll just be advertising at nothing. Secondly, make sure they’re relevant, or else you might not get the kind of candidates you’re looking for. Finally, absolutely make sure that the community allows for advertising and job postings. Some professional communities are more designed for people to talk about their experiences in a safe environment, and thus aren’t really designed for recruiters.

If you’re ever unsure, seek out an admin and ask!

Slack Etiquette

It’s important to remember that, at its core, Slack is a tool for communication, conversation more specifically. Because it’s much easier to reach out to people directly than most other social media tools, because every message you send can be read instantly, there’s more engagement automatically.

Thus, it pays to be polite.

Once you’ve picked your communities to advertise in, send out a polite message to a relevant Channel in those communities. Introduce yourself, the company you’re hiring for, the position you are filling and what skills you’re looking for. Mention if it’s a permanent position, and give links to your LinkedIn and website pages if you can!

Avoid jumping directly into people’s direct messages, let people reach out to you. If you find you’re not getting much of a response, don’t spam the page rapidly, try out a few other communities and repost your ad in a few days. Otherwise, you risk being reported for spamming.


“At its core, Slack is a tool for communication, conversation more specifically.”


Tools and Bots

One of Slacks more interesting quirks is the ability to integrate third party apps to customise how it works and to add additional features beyond its initial scope. Naturally, ones devoted to recruitment have sprung up. Here are a few that we like:

  • Zapier allows you to integrate slack with a bunch of other apps, including things like gmail, google docs and surveymonkey. While this sounds mundane, it means that you can get Slack to work with other software you use, which can help streamline things. It’s not specifically designed for recruitment, but it’s an incredibly versatile tool that really expands what Slack can do, with some ideas to be found here.

  • Hello Talent lets you organise candidates into pools, so you can evaluate which inquiry might suit which role.

  • Recruitee lets you get move recruits down a process pipeline that you can adapt to your needs.

  • Team Tailor pulls in applications from other sources and puts them in a designated channel. This lets you watch as the applications come in and keep track of them.

Final Thoughts

Slack is an incredibly flexible tool for all sorts of purposes, and can be adapted into exactly what you need from it. Figure out what your team is looking for, and experiment with layouts and methods to figure out what’s right for you.