Like any relationship on planet earth, the one between a hiring manager and recruiter needs effort, motivation and communication.
Hiring managers and recruiters come from two very different worlds. The former runs a team and looks for a candidate when the necessity arises. The latter’s entire day revolves around looking for great candidates and turning them into star employees. Yet they share one common goal: Finding perfect candidates.
A recruiter works with multiple hiring managers and can often have trouble navigating their expectations. Here are some ideas to help recruiters build an unshakable understanding with their hiring managers and in the process give them what they need – the best candidates in the market.
All understanding begins with empathy. Coming from two different worlds, your problems, challenges, pains, emotions, accomplishments can all be very different from each other’s. So it’s important that you put yourself in your hiring manager’s shoes and understand how your work impacts their goals.
Hiring managers can have unrealistic expectations of quality, time to hire, source, etc. Given that, they are farther away from the candidate market than you, it becomes your job to keep them grounded in reality by communicating facts – this could be time to fill from other teams, other companies, industry standards, etc. In fact, you can also show them the work that goes into hiring a candidate and what happens in the process and invite them to give you feedback.
Just because your hiring managers are willing to be involved in the hiring process, it doesn’t make them the best at it. They are going to need help.
Nobody wants to do a thankless job. Nobody.
You can get them involved, expose them to reality, motivate them to be engaged, yet the only thing that will sustain their involvement is knowing that their effort is seen, heard and appreciated. There are a million ways to do it. Here are a few:
We hope this piece keeps your thoughtfulness ON and leads to brighter days at work If you have any other great ideas that have worked for you and your favourite hiring managers, tell us about it.
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