Most hiring managers wish recruiters knew more about the jobs they’re filling. Here’s how you can help them out.
According to a study by recruitment software company QTrac, 77% of hiring managers say understanding a position is the most important part of a recruiter’s duties. But only 55% of them think their recruiters do a good enough job.
What’s the solution? The simplest thing is to sit down with the hiring manager. Of course, you’ll go over the basics about what qualifications are needed or desired. But here are some other things you should ask:
- “Who are your top employees?” Recruiters need to know who the best employees in similar positions are — and what makes them great — so you can identify future stars.
- “What have unsuccessful employees been like?” You’ll also want to know what the danger signs are so you can identify employees who might end up being flops.
- “What is your work style?” Supervisor conflict is a common reason new employees quit, so it’s important to find someone who will work well with the manager.
- “Describe the department’s culture.” That might be different than the overall company culture, and it’s also important to understand when you’re searching for someone.
Finally, following through to discuss obstacles and get more info from the hiring manager is an important part of the process, too.