7 Ways to Deal with Hiring Managers as a Recruiter

I have been working at Riviera Advisors for about 9 months and have  interviewed and interacted with many recruiters from several companies. I have identified a solid understanding and interest in a future profession in Recruiting. In my research, I recently came across an article analyzing the relationship between the hiring manager and the recruiter. According to Recruiting.com, Recruiters sometimes get a bad reputation and that everyone usually blames them when the candidate falls short in the hiring process. I have found this to be a central theme in my conversations with many recruiters and hiring managers, and I thought that this concept should be shared.

The Recruiters’ argument is that the reasons for an unsuccessful hire is ” usually the hiring manager’s fault”. Let us take a look at some of the obstacles that often are driven by hiring managers:

1.The job isn’t real: Recruiters need to be realistic of the job description and requirements, make sure that the qualifications are genuine and not some managers wish list. Some job openings may not always have reasonable qualifications or salaries.

2.The job is filled already: Sometimes hiring managers have recruiters find candidates when the job position is already taken because the position was given to a known candidate. The reason why they tell recruiters to find candidates to perform “due diligence.” Find out if it is still available before wasting time.

3.The job isn’t funded: This is self-explanatory, just ask if the position is needed and have the funds for it. No need to waste time trying to find someone when you are not sure if the job will be available, just simply double check with the hiring manager.

4.They are quitting tomorrow: Sometimes the department or hiring manager may be terminated, or just simply quit while recruiters are placing candidates for the interview process.

Since it is confidential, you can assess the reason why the position is open and dive into the reasons a little bit and understand the current climate inside the department.

5.The last guy had a heart attack: Since hiring managers have a high stressful job, they may not always want to tell the recruiter everything that is going wrong because of the fear of being judged. So it is important that you as a recruiter to communicate with the manager letting them know that you will not judge them in any way and will be fully understanding. The most information you get, the better.

6.They’re working with 119 recruiting agencies: Recruiting may be outsourced or insourced, depending on the company or the hiring manager. It is important that the recruiter communicates well in all aspects of the job, with that said, make sure the hiring manager is giving you his or her undivided attention, if not move on to someone else who may help you.

7.They don’t understand what they want: Once you know what the job requires from the candidate to do, you may get a call in a day or two from the hiring manager describing the job duties totally differently. This may because of new information given to the hiring manager or maybe because it is what the manager needs. They may sometimes not know what they want, so it is better to give them time to clarify before giving candidates opportunities.

These are great  insights on the ways some hiring managers and recruits interact with each other, and how you should definitely build a great, trusting relationship with each other. It is important that you treat others the way you want to be treated; it is an old saying but a true one. Treat managers with the utmost respect and be honest with them, and most important develop great communication.

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