Working with Recruiters: Best Practices for Hiring Managers
February 5, 2013
One of the most important aspects of any relationship is communication. This certainly holds true when it comes to the relationship between a hiring manager and a recruiter. Why follow best practices for working with a recruiter? Because recruiters provide the most value when your relationship with them is open and honest. If you follow these simple guidelines, your recruiting challenge won’t feel like a challenge at all.
Make sure the compensation you’re offering lines up with the job expectations. For example, don’t expect to attract a $100K candidate for $50K.
Tell your recruiter about your organization’s culture and what attributes a candidate needs to have in order to be a great fit.
Explain to the recruiter what the new hire needs to accomplish in the first six months, first year, and even five years out.
Maintain a system of timely feedback (inside of 24 hours) and open communication for all phases of the process such as interviews, submittals, etc.
Move the process along as efficiently as possible. Elapsed time dampens a candidate’s enthusiasm.
Be honest about any internal candidates throughout the process.
You’ll realize the best outcomes if your recruiter serves as your strategic partner, not just a vendor. So invite your recruiter to more deeply engage in the process of finding the right talent for your organization. Only then will your vision of the perfect candidate be realized.
As a thought leader within the industry, Steve has spoken to a variety of audiences through organizations such as Next Level Exchange, National Association of Professional Services and Small Business Summit.
In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Steve has been retained by Board of Directors, CEOs, Business Owners and top-tier investment groups to fill critically important senior leadership roles. Steve has worked with variety ownership structures including, family owned/privately held, venture capital and private equity within a variety of industries.
Steve also serves on a three non-profit boards including a 44 bed woman and children’s shelter, The Eagle’s Nest, the Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association and Rockford Area Athletic Association.