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Essential skills for a good hiring manager

In the recruitment process, the role of the hiring manager is very crucial. This individual is responsible for selecting, recruiting, onboarding, engaging and retaining the new hires. The hiring manager needs to be fully equipped to do an effective job, and for that, good recruitment skills training is essential.

Essential skills in a hiring manager

A manager needs to build a team of workers that is cohesive, collaborative, experienced, and technically sound.

Language and job description

First and foremost, the manager should be clear about what to look for when he or she is hiring for a role. The job description should be aligned to meet the diversity and equitable standards and the skillsets outlined for a particular job.

The language used in the job description should be inclusive, accessible and descriptive. Avoid formal, corporate jargon and make it an easy read. The purpose is to cast a wide net and attract as many highly talented and qualified applicants as possible.

When advertising for a job be aware of the employment laws and avoid any biased words or statements.

Another aspect to keep in mind is the more specific you are about qualifications, degrees and years of industrial experience; you narrow down your talent pool to a homogenous one. Instead, focus on the objective skills that can draw candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Cost per hire

All hiring managers should be aware of the cost of hiring decisions. Hiring is not cheap, and if one makes a wrong decision, then it impacts everyone in the company.

The cost per hire calculations is CPH = (External Recruiting Costs + Internal Recruiting Costs) / Total Number of Hires for a Time Period.

The average cost per hire in 2020 is $4000. In 2020, the time invested to source candidates for one position is also expected to increase from 30 percent per workweek.

Right Selection

The most important step in the hiring process is zeroing in on the right candidate. So much time is spent in sourcing, screening and interviewing a candidate that the selection part is rushed through.

If we make the right selection, then half the battle is won. And it is here that the hiring manager’s self-awareness and bias training comes into play. In the selection process, all the training that one acquires as a hiring manager comes in handy. Keeping objectivity in mind, the manager needs to evaluate the candidate based on the needs of the job. If a person is highly qualified with the right experience but lacks the soft skills or associated empathy needed for carrying out the job, then taking an informed decision is important.

A manager needs to build a team of workers that is cohesive, collaborative, experienced, and technically sound. And if a hiring manager fails to recruit the right fit, then the consequences can be harmful to the team and organization both.

And to keep it legal and above board, be informed of all the legal information by state, country and industry. And all managers should be aware of how to extend a proper job offer letter.

Anna Verasai
Anna Versai is a Team Writer at The HR Digest; she covers topics related to Recruitment, Workplace Culture, Interview Tips, Employee Benefits, HR News and HR Leadership. She also writes for Technowize, providing her views on the Upcoming Technology, Product Reviews, and the latest apps and softwares.

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