Recruiters hear it from hiring managers every day: "I'd really prefer an internal candidate." The synergy that hiring from within creates, both as an affirmation to employees and as a reassurance to beleaguered supervisors, is a testament to the power of building a strong and capable workforce.
Its power can be limited by overly protective managers who don't want to let great potential go, flawed talent planning processes that miss some talent while recording others, and simply being lost as the proverbial needle in the data haystack. Great recruiters and sourcers don't let that data haystack daunt them- it challenges them. They use intelligent searching, hot matching, and job agents, amongst other tricks of the trade, to scour their organization's internal HRIS for top candidates.