The relationship between recruiters and hiring managers has always been key to the success of recruitment. Texas-based industry veteran Will Thomson shares his thoughts on the need for improved co-operation between the two in a post on the site, BullsEyeRecruiting.

Hiring managers and recruiters have a dynamic relationship, with support and confrontation going hand in hand. Conflict can sometimes drive positive results but while arguments are justified in certain cases, at other times it is better to avoid a fight for the greater good. At any rate, it is usually the hiring manager who emerges as the winner.

It goes without saying that a successful recruitment process requires commitment, understanding and hard work of all parties involved in the process. Everyone hopes that their perfect candidate appears as soon as possible, as if by magic. This is understood by recruiters, however there are often several misconceptions among hiring managers when it comes to the role of the recruiter. It is essential that these misunderstandings are made clear if the two parties are to forge a mutually beneficial relationship. Here are five things that all managers really should understand about recruiters.

Recruiters want to get the right candidate

Managers need to realise that recruiters want them to get the right people and complete their assignment successfully. When a manager and his newly appointed employee achieve success, this achievement is also partially attributed to the recruiter, so of course they want to get it right. The relationship between managers and recruiters provides benefits to both parties if everyone performs their job as required.

Recruiters really do care

Something that is very typical of recruiters is the extent to which they get emotionally involved. What recruiters are dealing with is the future of the people they contact. The number of those who have to be told they are not good enough for the job is usually higher than the number of successful applicants. It is hard to tell people they have failed and recruiters face this task on a daily basis. But compromise is not an option: if the wrong person gets the job and performs poorly, this will ultimately lead to negative consequences for the recruiter.

Recruiters want to feel valued

A smooth and successful recruitment process should be characterised by mutual respect. Hiring managers should not belittle the role and efforts of recruiters. Although the latter must handle numerous managerial requirements, they can be flexible and dedicated if they feel that they are appreciated and valued.

There is no such thing as a job for life

Nowadays, people tend to change jobs often so it is in the best interests of hiring managers to form a good relationship with recruiters. They may well need assistance from the recruiter again in the not too distant future.

Recruiters have feelings too

Managers and recruiters should understand that their relationship is actually a “partnership”. Recruiters are often working as hard as they can to get the right result, while also trying to balance their lives outside of work too. But if both parties understand each other’s needs, positive outcomes are inevitable.

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