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Hiring Managers: Six Sure-fire Tips You Need to Know When Working with Recruiters

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6 Tips For Working With Recruiters   27 March 2024

If you're a hiring manager, chances are you've crossed paths with recruiters more times than you can count. Recruiters are like the gatekeepers to a treasure trove of talent, but sometimes the journey of working with them can feel like navigating a maze.

Fear not, because we’ve got six sure-fire tips to help you ace the game when working with recruiters.

Six tips for hiring managers to successfully collaborate with recruiters

The relationship between a hiring manager and a recruiter can be the deciding factor as to whether the candidate successfully comes on board or falls short of meeting the criteria. Which way the pendulum swings depends on how you build and maintain your relationship with the recruiter.

To get you started on the right foot toward building a positive relationship with your recruiter, here is a list of our top six tips. 

Get Real Friendly, Real Quick

When you're diving into the recruitment pool, it pays to build a strong rapport with your recruiters. Take the time to get to know them, understand their processes, and establish clear lines of communication. The best way to do this is to regularly meet one-on-one.

The more open your relationship, the better they'll understand your needs and the smoother the hiring process will be.

Paint a Vivid Picture

Recruiters might be perceptive and they will get to know your business - but they're not mind readers. To get the best results, you've got to paint them a vivid picture of what you're after. 

Be crystal clear about:

  • the role requirements,

  • how the new hire fits into the team,

  • company culture and

  • the type of candidate you're looking for.

The more detail you provide, the better your recruiter can tailor their search and find you the perfect match.

Keep the Channels of Communication Open

Communication is the lifeblood of any successful partnership, and working with recruiters is no different. Keep those communication channels wide open. Be responsive to emails and calls, and don't leave them hanging. If they've got questions or need clarification, be quick to respond; a bit of back and forth can save you both a lot of time and hassle in the long run. After all, as they say, communication is key to a successful relationship.

Establish realistic timelines

Set realistic timelines for the hiring process and communicate them to your recruitment consultant. This includes deadlines for reviewing resumes, scheduling interviews, and making hiring decisions. Clear timelines help keep the process on track and ensure timely candidate placement.

Give them Feedback, Good or Bad

Speaking of open communication - feedback is like gold dust in the world of recruitment. Whether it's positive or negative, make sure you provide honest feedback (obviously while being mindful of how you communicate).  For instance, if a candidate knocks it out of the park in an interview, let your recruiter know. Likewise, if someone's not quite hitting the mark, give your recruiter constructive feedback about the applicant's suitability. It helps your recruiter fine-tune their search and ensures you get the top-notch talent you're after.

Trust the Process

Like any relationship, trust is a must! Working with recruiters can sometimes feel like a rollercoaster ride, but it's all part of the journey. They might throw a few curveballs your way, but trust in their expertise and the process is essential. Remember, they've got their finger on the pulse of the job market, so let them work their magic. Stay patient and positive; before you know it, you'll be raising a toast to your newest team member.

So, there you have it. Six tips to help you make the most of your partnership with recruiters. Follow these golden rules, and you'll be well on your way to recruiting success!

Achieve your hiring goals efficiently with MTC Recruitment

At MTC Recruitment, we understand that the ability to onboard and retain employee talent is as vital for business success as the hiring process. That is why our recruitment consultants work hard to understand your workforce’s needs and match you with reliable staff so you can focus on moving your business forward.

Ready to find your people? Contact us on 1300 261 167 or email: for information about how we can help you find your next employee and grow your business.