Welcome to the era of “Quiet hiring.” But what exactly is it, and why should you care?

It’s a term you may have been hearing more of in recent months. Albeit in whispers. Quiet hiring is all about discretion, subtlety, and efficiency; it’s the art of filling positions without the fanfare of traditional recruitment methods. Think of it as the covert operation of talent acquisition.

Instead of advertising job openings via job boards or social media ads, companies are opting for a more strategic approach. They’re tapping into their networks, leveraging referrals, and discreetly scouting for top talent under the radar.

So, why the shift towards quiet hiring?

This is all about quality over quantity. By bypassing the noise of traditional hiring channels, employers can target passive candidates – those hidden gems who aren’t actively looking for a job but would consider the right opportunity if it came knocking.

Moreover, quiet hiring fosters a sense of exclusivity. Candidates approached through this method feel valued and special, as they’re being sought out for their specific skills and expertise. It’s like being invited to an exclusive club rather than standing in line with the masses.

But it’s not just about the candidates – employers benefit too

Quiet hiring allows the employer to maintain confidentiality, especially for sensitive or executive-level positions. It mitigates the risk of losing top talent to competitors, as job seekers aren’t broadcasting their intentions to the world.

Mastering the art of quiet hiring

This requires finesse. It’s about building relationships, cultivating trust, and understanding the nuances of each candidate’s motivations and aspirations. It’s less about selling a job and more about presenting an opportunity that aligns with their career trajectory.

In a nutshell

Quiet hiring is revolutionising the recruitment landscape by prioritising discretion, quality, and exclusivity. It’s a strategic approach that values the power of connections and the art of persuasion. So, the next time you’re on the hunt for top talent or considering your next career move, remember – sometimes, the best opportunities come in whispers, not shouts.

Win win: Organisations can leverage internal talent rather than going through a lengthy recruitment process to meet an immediate need.

The Future of Work

Whether in an SME, a start-up or a multi-national business, HR professionals are key changemakers on any organisation.

Having a perspective on how workforces and workplaces can prepare for changes that are inevitable will enable HR leaders and their teams to cultivate success. ITN Business will showcase how HR professionals can stay ahead of the curve and adapt to the latest developments across the employment field, in ‘The Future of Work: People, Culture and Tech’.


There are commercial opportunities for leading organisations to be featured in the programme and spearhead their own news item. If your organisation wants to share what you stand for and be part of this important conversation, please contact ITN Business’ Programming Directors Charlotte Lenman and James Salver.