Hiring Manager

What is a hiring manager?

The hiring manager is responsible for hiring employees to fill open positions in for-profit, non-profit or governmental organizations. Hiring managers are typically people from the department in which the new employee will work. They may serve as the new employee’s supervisor once they accept the position. Hiring managers work with the Human Resources team as well as any outsourced recruiters or agencies.

What do hiring managers do?

It’s the hiring manager’s job to ensure that the company hires qualified talent to help the company execute its business strategy. Hiring managers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Determining when a new position needs to be filled
    • Performing a job analysis to determine the requirements for a new or open position
    • Preparing and submitting a job requisition to the necessary members of leadership and obtaining approval.
    • Deciding how the new position will be filled: with an outside candidate or through internal placement
  • Writing a job description based on the position analysis
  • Creating the application including any screening questionnaires included in the application
  • process
  • Posting the job to job boards, social media sites, careers pages or other job advertising
  • venues
  • Managing an internal referral program
  • Reviewing applications and resumes
  • Isolating a group of top candidates from the overall applicant pool
  • Managing the interview and evaluation process:
    • Determining which candidates from the initial pool will advance to a phone interview
    • Of those candidates, choosing which candidates to invite for in-person or video interviews
    • Scheduling interviews
    • Writing the interview script for the interview process
    • Creating assessment materials to evaluate the final applicant pool
  • Making the final hiring decision
    • Obtaining approval from the executive team (or other necessary stakeholders)
  • Defining roles and responsibilities for the hiring team
  • Directing the recruitment team throughout the hiring process
  • Working with in-house and outsourced recruiters
  • Writing the job offer
  • Negotiating the employment contract with the chosen applicant
  • Overseeing the onboarding of the new hire
  • Assigning a mentor to the new employee

What’s the difference between a hiring manager and a recruiter?

In most companies, recruiters work to attract a pool of qualified applicants for the position. Hiring managers are then responsible for identifying the most qualified candidate from the initial pool.

What is the average salary for a hiring manager?

The national average salary for a Hiring Manager is $51,826 in the United States. (Glassdoor) 

What Work Tech can help a hiring manager be successful?

Hiring software, including applicant tracking systems, can help hiring managers track applications, post jobs, communicate with candidates and manage job description, email and interview templates. Job boards and job distribution platforms streamline the job posting process.

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