Closing the Hiring Manager-Recruiter Gap

May 27, 2016

It happens. As companies grow, the recruiter and hiring manager start moving in different directions and start working more closely with different groups. But if you want to hire the best people, you have to get these two roles aligned. Here are some quick things you can do to close the gap.

1. Hiring Managers Need to Know Labor Conditions.

Hiring managers are not going to be experts on industry employment trends. The recruiter has to work to keep the hiring manager abreast on all relevant positions so that proper salary and experience expectations can be set. Mapping out what a successful hire looks like in the beginning helps everyone move more closely to a realistic picture of it.

2. Everyone Must Understand What the Open Positions Are.

Sometimes an old job description gets passed to the recruiter or the recruiter just completely misunderstands the needs of the hiring manager. If this goes on too long into the process, you end up with very unhappy people and a lot of wasted time. Make sure the open position is very well understood. Reiterate the shared understanding as often as possible.

3. Video Screening.

Consider video screening candidates either through a Skype interview or a video resume. It saves a ton of time and keeps you away from the really bad stuff.

4. Hiring Managers Should Attend More Launches.

It takes time to onboard talent and you can’t afford to miss deadlines. This means you should bring your hiring manager more into the fold, especially at launches so they can see where they’re really going to be pressed for resources. The sooner there’s vision of this the better off everyone will be.

5. Talk after Hiring.

We can’t tell you how often communication stops after the hire. This is crazy! It’s so important to debrief and see what worked well and what didn’t. Maybe it seemed like a messy process, but it wasn’t just luck that made it all turn out well or poorly. Find out what works.

Like many business problems a lot of the static comes from a lack of transparency, and it’s not that people are purposely hiding facts. It’s that forums haven’t been created to share the right information at the right time. Save your company some stress and build those points of communication into the process.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

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