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Recruiter vs Hiring Manager: Unveiling the Distinctions

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When we talk about who is actually responsible for the hiring process, we think about the outcome of the process, not the entire process, right? Additionally, recruiting is a team-based process. The main people responsible for the hiring process are the HR manager and the recruiter. One manages the process, the other manages the result of the process. Both have different roles and responsibilities in the hiring process.

To understand the difference between recruiters and HR managers, we should first learn about their roles in the hiring process.

What is a recruiter?

A recruiter is a qualified recruitment professional who identifies, recruits and hires outstanding employees for the company. The recruiter's main job is to focus on talent acquisition, keeping the process on track and aligning it with the hiring goals set by hiring managers.

According to the criteria and parameters for vacancies set by the HR manager, recruiters try to find the most suitable candidates, evaluate them thoroughly and suggest the best candidates to the HR managers for consideration.

Sometimes recruiters are external recruiting professionals (part-time, contract or permanent) who are hired by the company to hire executives, technical staff and managers, which often requires the highest hiring skills and relevant work experience. Let's understand the key roles of the recruiter in the talent acquisition process.

The role of the recruiter in the recruiting process

  • Sourcing and recruiting the right candidates
  • Advertise the vacancy
  • Interaction with applicants
  • Pre-selection of applicants
  • Conducting telephone interviews
  • Review of CVs
  • Introducing the most suitable/potential talents to HR managers
  • Scheduling interviews with HR managers
  • Making an offer to the candidates
  • Negotiating the offer
  • Support and coordination of the recruitment process with the HR manager

What is a Hiring Manager?

A hiring manager, also known as a recruitment manager, is a person who searches for suitable candidates for an open position in the company. For example, if a head of marketing is looking for digital marketing executives, he/she will report directly to a hiring manager about the requirements of the open position.

In addition, the HR manager manages and collaborates with the team (recruiter, HR manager, procurement team and other core team members) to make the recruiting workflow effective and smooth. In addition, the main goal of the hiring manager is to manage and monitor the hiring process, make important decisions, and based on the hiring analytics, improve and optimize the hiring process.

Tasks of a hiring manager

  • Find out the unique requirements of the open positions
  • Development and guidance of a precise job description for the advertisement
  • Efficient management of the recruiting team and process
  • Interviews with the offered candidates by the recruiters
  • Obtaining team feedback on interviewed candidates
  • Determine salary, benefits and benefits
  • Negotiating the offer and contract terms with the potential talents
  • Release of offer letter
  • Training of new employees
  • Final decision on hired candidates
  • What's the big difference between recruiters and hiring managers?

The recruiter is responsible for the hiring process while the hiring manager is responsible for the outcome of the hiring process. Recruiters lead the hiring process while hiring managers make the final hiring decisions. The recruiters are responsible for the talent pool, while the hiring managers are responsible for selecting the candidates that the recruiters have added to the candidate pool database.

Additionally, a collaborative approach makes the hiring process more efficient. So, it is the hiring manager's duty to monitor the outcome of the process. When a bad hire occurs, the hiring manager is responsible for examining the hiring workflow and improving the process through better hiring efforts. Now let’s understand how recruiters and hiring managers can work together to improve the hiring process.

How can recruiters and HR managers work together?

Indeed, hiring managers must be involved in every step of recruiting to make the process effective and avoid bad hires. Collaborative hiring is about a team-based hiring process in which each team member participates and works together to find the most suitable talent for the company.

Therefore, it is extremely important that the hiring goals of recruiters and hiring managers are aligned. Here are some techniques for how hiring managers and executives can work together in talent acquisition.

Choose the right hiring technology

They need to choose a hiring software that allows them to carry out the collaborative hiring approach efficiently. Below are some of the key features that the Applicant Tracking System offers for team-based recruiting.

  • Recruitment dashboard
  • Personalized Portals - Customer/Candidate Portals
  • Synchronized team planning
  • Structured hiring planning
  • Team notes
  • Video interview tool
  • Group discussions during recruitment
  • Web and calendar integration
  • Job approval workflow
  • Employee referral portals

Develop a culture of communication

Collaborative recruiting requires each team member to work closely with other team members and the hiring manager. Therefore, constant communication is key to a structured hiring process. The hiring manager must set realistic and clear expectations at every stage of the hiring process and provide constructive feedback on the process.

Constant communication keeps the hiring manager and hiring manager informed about the hiring process, helps them address current market challenges and applicant expectations, and allows them to stay on top of the highly competitive market for hiring top talent to keep. Additionally, the recruiting team must remember that open communication with potential applicants is also crucial.

That's a wrap!

Finally, let's take a look at some things that hiring managers and recruiters need to keep in mind when carrying out the hiring process.

Hiring managers need to be careful about how they present themselves because they are the first representatives to contact applicants on behalf of the company. Therefore, first impressions are incredibly important in influencing your potential talents. Additionally, hiring managers need to set realistic hiring goals and select the right hiring tools to make the hiring process efficient.

Finally, a company can only hire the best employees when recruiters and HR managers work together effectively and cooperatively. In fact, collaboration is the key to success.

Effective collaboration between recruiters and hiring managers is pivotal for successful talent acquisition. With tools like IceHrm, streamline your hiring process and find the best candidates efficiently.

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