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Internal Recruiters are a Hiring Manager’s Best Friend

April 20, 2018

Like peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, pickles and ranch… OK, maybe not pickles and ranch, but you get the idea. Internal recruiters are a hiring manager’s best friend. We share the exact same goal. Without jelly, your PBJ is just weak. Jelly sweetens things up. It takes a bland, mediocre sandwich and turns it into something fantastic! On the flip side, you wouldn’t just want a jelly sandwich. Recruiting is a team effort.

In an article on ERE Media, Ken Blanchard, co-author of “The One Minute Manager,” sums it up saying, “None of us is as smart as all of us.” There is valuable experience and perspective to be leveraged on both sides. A hiring manager cannot do recruitment and hiring all on their own.

Just as you’re an expert in your field, recruiters are experts in understanding people, companies and work cultures. They ask the right questions and flag the right issues. They can jump into a hiring situation without needing to research or prep because it’s what they do for a living. They know right away how to screen different candidates (ICIMS Applicant Tracking).

Recruiters take care of the administrative work and back and forth on your behalf. They also do a lot of, and I mean a lot of, hand holding with candidates. Think of your recruiter as a guide. They are there to not only guide you through the hiring process, but the candidate through the recruitment process as well.

Did you know that the average resume spends 37 percent of the hiring process with the hiring manager? The other 63 percent of the time, it’s in the hands of your internal recruiter (ICIMS).

Working with an internal recruiter should give any hiring manager comfort when filling a position. Internal recruiters are focused on protecting their employer and finding and putting forward top job candidates. Together, hiring managers and internal recruiters work as a team to hire the best employees and build the best companies. Internal recruiters aren’t there to take away any control or make final decisions (unless of course you want them too). Trust your recruiter and utilize them to their fullest capabilities. It’s a win-win for everyone!

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