Relationship with Your Hiring Manager

You don’t have to be best friends, but your relationship with your hiring manager will certainly help make your job run more smoothly! Whether you’ve just started at your position or you’ve been there for a while, it’s important to keep these 3 things in mind:

1) Communicate

With any kind of relationship, communication is key. This is especially true with your hiring manager, with whom you’ll be collaborating with often.

First things, first, take the time to get to know your hiring manager. It doesn’t necessarily have to be on a personal level, but it’s important that both of you understand each other’s work styles and needs.

Strong communication will ensure that you both not only feel comfortable expressing when you reach roadblocks; it also ensures that you’ll both be on the same page. Whether it’s desired experience for a role, the candidates that the hiring manager expects, etc., there will always be times when the two of you will disagree. Having a strong foundation for your relationship will help ensure that the two of you can more easily come to a consensus.

Additionally, strong communication includes being realistic about your abilities. This doesn’t mean being humble or talking yourself down, but what it does mean is setting clear expectations for the hiring manager about the quality of talent that you’ve been able to source for similar roles in the past.

This will also tie into communicating about additional positions that you’re recruiting for. Communicating this with your hiring manager will help you not only prioritize different roles, but also be able to conceptualize how what you’re recruiting for fits into the bigger picture of the hiring needs of the organization.

At the end of the day, the key to any relationship is trust. Strong and clear communication is one of the ways to build that.

2) Set boundaries

Recruiting is one of the jobs that never stops. The key to a relationship with your hiring manager is making sure that it does!

It’s easy to get caught up in work and start working after work hours or during the weekend if you don’t set clear boundaries and expectations with your hiring manager ahead of time. While it can be difficult to do this, it’s important for not only your productivity but your health, too.

Start the conversation by being realistic about the time frame for hiring and setting expectations. Is this a hire that needs to be prioritized or can it be pushed to the backburner? How often will you and the hiring manager need to meet to discuss the open reqs? What expectations does the hiring manager have? How many hours will it take you to fill this role?

Having these conversations ahead of time will ensure that both parties are on the same page and have a full understanding of what the other is working on!

3) Have fun

Sure, your relationship with your hiring manager is something that will help you with your job, but it doesn’t have it to be boring! Whether it’s getting lunch with them or sharing jokes, there are a variety of ways to build a better relationship without it feeling tedious!