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Talent pipelines represent a strategic approach to speeding up time-to-hire for the organization, but they require ongoing attention. They are comprised of potential candidates who have already been screened at some level to consider them desirable prospects for near or longer-term future positions. These pipelines are primarily composed of passive candidates who need to be continuously engaged in a way that feels natural and mutually beneficial to ensure that they remain interested in the company.
When done systematically and artfully, forming talent pipelines is an effective strategy for rapidly identifying qualified candidates for high-turnover positions as well as hard-to-fill positions. Therefore, it might be applicable to many areas and position types across the organization. Nevertheless, most companies must prioritize where to focus, given that talent pipelines require constant nurturing.