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Talent Sourcer

Complete with job descriptions, skill profiles, and interview templates. Use this Talent Sourcer hiring guide to help you make the right decisions, fast.

HOW TO HIRE A Talent Sourcer

What does a Talent Sourcer do?

A Talent Sourcer searches and identifies suitable candidates for vacancies within an prganization. To do this, they use various proactive recruiting strategies. Talent Sourcers look for both active and passive candidates. 

A Talent Sourcer generates interest in an organization’s vacancies and also builds and maintains the company’s talent pool.

In larger organizations, a Talent Sourcer can be part of a recruitment team taking care of building a candidate pipeline for one or more job requisitions. In smaller companies, talent sourcing will usually be a task for the HR Generalist who can, of course, decide to outsource this part of the process to an external party.

Day to day tasks of a Talent Sourcer

Skills assessment

Talent Sourcer definition

Talent Sourcing refers to the process of identifying, researching, generating, and networking with potential job candidates in order to convert individuals into job applicants. The broader task of talent sourcing is to generate a consistent flow of highly-skilled applicants.

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Talent Sourcer Hiring Process

Step 1: Understand the role
Step 2: Source Applicants
Step 3: Skills Assessment
Step 4: Interview
Step 5: Hire

Build the Ideal Candidate Profile​

To find the best person for the role, you need to understand what the role involves. You can complete this with the hiring manager to define the role, its contribution, and the skills needed.

Write A Job Description Based On Skills

Once you understand the requirements for the role, you’ll need to understand the skills for success. You can then write an effective job description to promote your role.

Selecting The Ideal Candidate

See which applicants have the right skills for the role. Send all your applicants a Vervoe skills assessment from the expert library, or customize one for your organization.

Interview Top Performers

Your skills assessment results will identify top performers. Focus your time on interviewing those that have met or exceeded your requirements. Assessment results will also help guide which skill areas to focus on in the interview.

Making An Offer

Once you assess your candidates against these skills, you’re ready to offer the top performer(s). You should base your offer on the value that the candidate would bring to your team and your business as a whole. It is also important to ensure your compensation and benefits packages are competitive in the industry and help you attract and retain the top talent.
Build the ideal candidate profile

Skills needed for a Talent Sourcer

A Talent Sourcer must be proactive in their approach to recruiting. They must have the skills necessary for attracting talent and, as the role is people-focused, they must have exceptional interpersonal skills.

Pro Tip

As this role often involves reaching out to potential candidates “cold”, it would be a good tip to keep an eye out for outgoing and personable applicants, who aren’t shy when it comes to talking with people from all walks of life.


How to write a Talent Sourcer job description

Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position. Here’s what to include in your Talent Sourcer job description:

Job Title: What position are you hiring for?

Summary: What makes your company unique? What would it be like to work for you?

Responsibilities: An overview of the role’s day-to-day activities, and how the position contributes to the organization

Requirements: Skills a candidate must have to perform the job successfully

Benefits: Details of compensation, benefits, and any perks on offer

Pro Tip

In building your candidate profile, remember you’ve already identified what skills are needed to succeed in the role. Here’s where to list your “must-have” skills and maybe a couple of “nice-to-have” skills. For example, a Talent Sourcer must have excellent interpersonal and social skills. They should be tech-savvy. The ability to utilize multiple databases and/or social media sites to proactively source candidates would add to the efficiency of a Talent Sourcer.

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Sample skill tests for a Talent Sourcer

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Question 1

Talent Attraction

Question Type: Text

You are sourcing for a hard-to-fill role and have had no candidates apply for your advert.

What other candidate attraction strategies could you use?

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Question 2

Interpersonal Skills

Question Type: Video

Imagine you have placed a candidate in a role when they call you saying they are thinking of taking another role. 

How do you manage this situation?

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Question 3


Question Type: Text

Imagine you are going through a slow period in sourcing and all of the roles have been filled.

What could you do?


How to interview a Talent Sourcer

Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The interview should focus on any skills that require development that were highlighted from the skills assessment.

Now you know that candidates can do the job, the interview becomes more of a relationship building exercise where you can get to know the candidate on a more personal level, understand their motivations, and how they would fit in with the team.

Making An Offer

How much does it cost to hire a Talent Sourcer?

The US average for a Talent Sourcer is $94,500 according to, while the reported average salary on amounts to $64,305. 90% of talent acquisition managers earn up to $101,500, with 75% receiving less than $75,000. The lowest-paid 10% is paid up to $72,000.

Talent Sourcer Salary United States

Talent Sourcer salaries in the United States range from $50,000 – $100,000 (USD). Talent Sourcer salaries in the U.S vary a lot depending on the industry and location.

Talent Sourcer Salary United Kingdom

Talent Sourcer salaries in the United Kingdom range from £21,000 – £48,000 (GBP). Talent Sourcer salaries in the UK vary largely based on location and career experience.

Source: Glassdoor

Talent Sourcer Salary Australia

Talent Sourcer salaries in Australia range from $50,000 – $100,000 (AUD). Talent Sourcer salaries usually depend on location and the industry.

Source: Glassdoor