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7 Tips for Successful Collaboration with Recruiters

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How to Unlease the Power of Recruiters


Ready to supercharge your hiring process, manufacturing leaders? Look no further! Partnering with an executive recruitment firm can be your secret weapon in the quest for top talent. To truly unlock their potential, you need to build a strong relationship, follow best practices, and have some fun along the way. Let’s dive into some solid advice for working with Recruiters to maximize the awesomeness of this dynamic partnership!


  1. Kick off the party with clear communication: Let the good times roll with a call between the hiring manager and Recruiter (HR friends are welcome too!). As HR guru Josh Bersin says, “Communication is the most important skill for HR professionals.” Direct communication ensures everyone’s on the same page and the Recruiter can rock their talent search. Make sure your firm does a deep dive into your hiring situation and asks enough questions that you feel they know just as much about the position and the company as you do. This allows them to better market your position and find candidates who are going to be a great cultural fit for the long-term.
  2. Set the stage with a transparent hiring process: Nobody likes a party pooper, so avoid surprises by discussing your hiring process upfront. As LinkedIn’s 2021 Global Recruiting Trends report highlights, transparency is key for a positive candidate experience. Keep your Recruiter in the loop, so they can prepare their candidates appropriately, keeping them excited about the process and avoiding any frustrations.
  3. Dish the details on salary expectations: Share the salary range for the position, so your Recruiter can find candidates who’ll dance to your budget’s beat. Be upfront about preferred salary ranges and constraints, so everyone’s on board. A professional Recruiter is going to do their best to stay within your targeted range, however, they’ll also be the first to tell you if what you are offering is not competitive enough for the market. Getting a handle on the right range early can ensure a more successful outcome.
  4. Detailed feedback is the secret recipe: When a candidate isn’t the right fit, don’t hold back – share specific reasons with your Recruiter. Generic statements don’t cut it; constructive feedback empowers your Recruiter to refine their search and discover the ideal candidate for your team. While they may not always share every detail with the candidate, in certain situations, they can offer high-level coaching to help candidates polish their interview skills and address weaknesses. In any case, detailed information enables them to fine-tune their search and deliver candidates better suited for your organization.
  5. Cultivate a long-lasting bond with your Recruiter: A successful Recruiter partnership goes beyond a single hire – it’s a relationship that keeps on giving. Foster this connection to enjoy the rewards of their expertise, industry knowledge, and impressive network for future hiring endeavors. A Recruiter who truly grasps your company, its culture, and the crucial roles in your success can be invaluable in helping you hire top talent and build world-class teams.
  6. Keep us in the loop: We get it, things happen – but if we’re in the dark, we can’t effectively manage the search. If specs need to change, an internal candidate emerges, or any other unexpected event occurs, inform your Recruiter. By doing so, they can better manage the candidates in the pipeline and allocate their internal resources to more pressing searches. Open communication and sharing are key for a successful partnership, and a reputation for honesty and transparency can lead to even more focused efforts on your searches.
  7. Act swiftly and decisively: Recruiters can be frustrated when they feel the pressure to deliver a roster of qualified candidates immediately, only to wait days or weeks for your feedback. Maintaining momentum in the interview process is crucial to keep candidates engaged. Dragging your feet can result in losing top candidates to your competitors when they accept other offers.


By embracing these tips and cultivating a vibrant partnership with your Recruiter, you can transform your hiring process! With better communication, transparency, feedback, and the power of technology, you’ll discover that working with a Recruiter is not only effective but also a whole lot of fun.


Now, it’s your turn to share: What is the best relationship you’ve had with a Recruiter and what made it work so well?


Anjela Mangrum, founder of Mangrum Solutions, is your go-to expert for Operations & Supply Chain Management Recruitment in the manufacturing universe! Fueled by her passion for connecting exceptional candidates with amazing opportunities, her firm’s energetic and lively approach ensures a thrilling and memorable experience for all involved. Dive into the excitement—join our MVP Networking Group and follow us on LinkedIn for the freshest news, savvy tips, and buzzworthy trends in manufacturing recruitment.  Mangrum Solutions—your winning partner in hiring success!