Recruiter and hiring manager – the two key players in the hiring process. Both have the same goals but differ in their approach. So, whatRead more
Recruiter and hiring manager – the two key players in the hiring process. Both have the same goals but differ in their approach. So, what is the relationship between the hiring manager and the recruiter? How can an organization balance the two roles to grab the best talent from the job market?
The success of an organization is decided to a large extent by the quality of employees. Now, who is responsible to find the right talent? Is it the recruiter or hiring manager? The recruiter handles sourcing and interviewing of candidates while the hiring manager is the decision-maker. The two roles share the common goal of hiring the best talent. For a successful hiring experience, we need a positive and transparent collaboration between the recruiter and the hiring manager.
But many times unnecessary frictions happen between them because of a lack of clarity in each other’s role and also because of the difference in viewpoints. The hiring managers are not always aligned with the market realities and have unrealistic expectations from the recruiter. We should avoid such situations to achieve both quality and speed in the hiring process.
The recruiter and hiring manager have to be clear of each other’s role and the organization’s expectations. Great placements happen when the two support and trust each other. Here is more on the recruiter vs hiring manager dilemma and how they can achieve synergy.
Recruiters handle all day-to-day activities involved in attracting, screening, and hiring the right employees. They build a talent pool and network within the industry to identify candidates with the right skill set. The recruiter also coordinates with the various department heads and schedules interviews. At times, the recruiter even conducts the initial rounds of interviews. He has the responsibility for the overall hiring process and provides feedback to the hiring manager on the various candidates and even the assessment methods.
The hiring manager is the decision-maker who further probes into the shortlisted candidates and identifies the right fit for the company. He might look for details such as skill sets, aspirations, and cultural fit. The hiring manager accepts or rejects the shortlisted candidates and informs the recruiter of the final decision. If the hiring manager has rejected all the shortlisted candidates, the recruiter continues headhunting.
The recruiter and hiring manager relationship need not be marred by misunderstanding. They can follow these steps to ensure that the hiring process is smooth and efficient.
A solid recruiter and hiring manager relationship will bring clarity into the process and result in hiring quality candidates. Since both share the common goal of getting the best candidate for the organization, they should make it a point to have open communication and support each other during the process.
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