How to Get Your Hiring Managers and Recruiters on the Same Page

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Recruiting and hiring is a complex process. At the heart of this process lies, an important relationship between the two primary stakeholders in this arrangement: the hiring manager, and the recruiter.

The relationship between a hiring manager and recruiter boils down to two parties who have a shared goal – staffing an open position with the best candidate possible. It’s this shared goal that must unite the two parties so that it can be achieved. So, what is the best way to get a hiring manager and recruiter on the same page?

Start With a Unified Strategy With Set Milestones

When a hiring manager and recruiter start a new candidate search, the first step should be developing a unified recruitment strategy. In this strategy, the position should be clearly defined as well as the general requirements the hiring manager is looking for in potential candidates.

Furthermore, responsibilities and tasking should also be outlined, so both sides know what is expected going forward. For example, set a date for the recruiter to submit a list of potential candidates to the hiring manager. In turn, select a date for the hiring manager to get back to the recruiter with a list of which candidates they would like to pursue further.

Communicate Frequently

Early on, decide what communication method (email, phone, or in-person) works best for both parties. Also, are there some matters that either party would prefer not to receive an email for and instead prefer a phone call? Hashing these things out early in the process is an excellent way to ensure smooth sailing going forward.

Speak Openly and Honestly

Recruiting and hiring is an extremely stressful process, and without open, honest communication it can make the situation worse. For example, if a hiring manager doesn’t care for the candidates they have seen, they should honestly communicate that to the recruiter so that they can adjust accordingly. Also, if the recruiter knows the compensation package being offered to a candidate is too low, they should be able to openly discuss the situation with the hiring manager and impart their knowledge of market conditions.

Develop a Reset Trigger for the Search

The recruiting process can change and evolve over time. As hiring managers interview candidates, their ideas of the ideal candidate, requirements or role can change. Installing a “reset” trigger in the process ensures this change in thought doesn’t get lost. When a hiring manager feels drastic changes need to be made regarding the role or types of candidates they are seeing, they should be able to contact that recruiter and express their thoughts and concerns. Once this reset trigger has been activated, the search should then be reworked to capture the hiring manager’s insight. This guarantees the right candidate is found and hired.

Planning for Success

Hiring is never easy. It is a painstaking process that takes both time and patience. In order to help make the hiring process easier, it’s critical to make sure that the hiring manager and recruiter are on the same page.

At ASK Staffing, we are experts in recruiting and hiring. We have the knowledge and expertise to foster positive relationships between all stakeholders in the hiring process. Contact us today to get started!

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