Not sure if it's already well-known but I have been exploiting this "bug" for a while.
When you keep prisoners in your party, in time they will gradually become recruitable. There will be an icon that indicates how many prisoners of this unit you can recruit. For example, if you have 10 imperial trained infantryman and the icon says 4, technically it means you can left click icon 4 times and recruit 4 units with 6 prisoners left. However, if you do it by holding SHIFT then left click it 4 times, you can actually recruit 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 10 units. You can recruit all of them! Each SHIFT click gives you "x" unit of the prisoners (where x is the face value of the icon) while it only reduces its number by 1 even with SHIFT, so you can SHIFT click it 4 times.
On the other hand, you can also keep accumulating the recruitable number and only use one single SHIFT click and then wait for the number to come back (the recruitable number is of course capped at the amount of the prisoners with the same type in your party).
I usually keep like 4~5 prisoners of the units I want in my party and wait for the icon to accumulate. After that I go to my settlement and pull more prisoners with the same type then use this bug to recruit many of them. This is especially useful when you want to recruit a plenty of high-tier prisoners.
Remember this trick only works when you are holding SHIFT and left click. It works normally (+1, +1, …) if you just left click without SHIFT.
In conclusion, don't recruit prisoners as soon as they become available. Keep these recruitable in your party and accumulate the recruitable number. Then use SHIFT click trick to recruit a plenty of them!
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