Whats Missing in Your Cost Per Hire Metric?

One of the most common metrics used in recruitment is cost per hire. Generally used to bring together all the costs associated with filling an open position, cost per hire is probably the most widely used metrics across all types of recruitment. It is a close to a universal metric as we have. However, most of us are not using it correctly.

First make sure your calculation includes all factors related to filling the positon that have an external cost like marketing, advertising, job fairs, job board fees, travel time to events, remote interviewing, etc. Any and everything you can think of that happens outside the office that adds to your total cost.

Now do the same for factors that are internal to the business. Salaries, bonuses, reimbursement expenses, application tracking systems, copy and printing costs, etc. Make a list and notate the expense for any and everything you can think of that happens inside the office.

In both cases, also include data for shared costs from expenses that cover more then one opening. In many cases we don’t include things like rental expenses, association fees, government requirements, really anything that your organization spends money on that directly supports your recruitment efforts. In many cases, you can divide the total amount by open positions to come up with some kind of weighted amount assigned to each open req.

Now one more piece to your cost per hire metric, that most of us miss. Expenses related to not filling the position. How much is lost in productivity? What revenue forecasts come up short? How much is spent on overtime and other compensation for staff covering for the open position? When you factor these items in you can get a much deeper understanding of the cost per hire to the business.


If you are doing all of these things and feel you have a very solid cost per hire metric, then you are in the minority. In an ideal world, recruitment teams can better allocate resources based on what positions cost the most to fill. Better understanding all the data points that are added into the cost per hire calculation can also uncover opportunities for savings that you might not otherwise see.

On the other hand, if you are looking for some guidance on assessing your cost per hire metric to make sure its optimized to capture all of the relevant data points to your business then connect with me. I can help you get a true read on the cost per hire in your business.

HR & Recruitment Analytics – The recruitment and retention of top talent is the biggest challenge facing just about every organization. DMAIPH is a leading expert in empowering HR & Recruitment teams with analytics techniques to optimize their talent acquisition and management processes. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to learn how to get more analytics in your HR & Recruitment process so you can rise to the top in the ever quickening demand for top talent.


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