What is Pipelining?

By Abhishek Kathpal | Updated 28 July, 2022

Over time, changes have been made to how employers hire applicants and how candidates apply for positions. Companies used to frequently rely on organic applications, but in recent years, many have switched to more proactive strategies to search the world for new talent. This has helped to avoid hiring too many people who are underqualified and underpaid and cannot meet the high business expectations. Because of this, many businesses use the "talent pipeline" strategy to fill open positions.

What is Pipelining

Pipelining meaning and definition

Talent pipelining involves finding and forming connections with people who may one day help your business. This recruiting method is mostly proactive, which means you find potential hires and establish connections with them before they even contemplate seeking a job other than the one they now hold. Many recruiters and human resources specialists gather possible future hires in a talent pool that they can use if and when positions become available in their firm. The goal of a talent pipeline is to identify the most qualified applicants and place them in positions that complement their areas of expertise. The concept of a talent pool and talent pipeline are closely related. Sometimes, their differences are blurred when they are used interchangeably. However, there is a noticeable distinction: A larger number of possible job prospects is referred to as a talent pool. They are persons that have been identified as prospects and are included in an organization's database, but they have not gone through enough checks to qualify for inclusion in a talent pipeline.

How does a talent pipeline work?

A talent pipeline enables a recruiter to select from a list of candidates who are already qualified for the role rather than searching for one as soon as a new opportunity opens up. Recruiters should first select positions they are confident they will be employed for several years in the future to fill talent pipelines. Then, using candidate relationship management (CRM) software, recruiters start to categorize, tag, and group candidates to find the top candidates for a given position.


a) efficient marketing and hiring practices.

b) shortened hiring process; higher level of staff quality overall; careful consideration of fit with the position.

c) more offers are being accepted.

d) increased retention rates.

About the Author

Abhishek Kathpal

Abhi is the co-founder at Longlist.io. Funded by US based OnDeck, Longlist is currently enabling 50+ businesses to increase their candidate and client reach outs, automating the workflow across stages.