Helping Hiring Managers Succeed
Posted by Darren Findley on Wed, Jun 12, 2024 @ 02:00 PM


Hiring managers have a powerful influence on recruitment success, candidate engagement, selection, offer acceptance and retention strategies. In today’s job market, collaboration between HR leaders, recruiters and hiring managers is essential. However, many HR organizations struggle to find ways to effectively influence hiring managers’ skills and behaviors, which influence recruiting and retention outcomes. We asked the talent acquisition experts on our advisory board to discuss their priorities and challenges in helping hiring managers succeed. Below is a summary of the discussions that took place.

Streamlining Hiring Processes
Streamlining hiring processes was ranked as a top priority by all our contributors as a way for HR to improve hiring managers’ success rates. Some of the reasons cited for making this a priority varied based on specific organizational objectives are:

  • Improved candidate experiences and reduced time-to-hire.
  • Increased hiring demands to support growth objectives.
  • Better processes to support the recruitment of candidates for leadership roles.

Providing Labor Market Context
Labor market data provides important context for understanding regional and industry-specific employment rates, salaries and hiring trends for vacancies. Such data can help hiring managers set more realistic expectations for recruiting outcomes and include information for identifying alternative candidate pools when sourcing for hard-to-fill positions.

Using Pre-Hire Assessments

Our Trendicators Advisory board indicated that the greater use of pre-hire assessments would benefit their organizations by improving selection, ensuring better cultural fit, optimizing team dynamics and helping the business run more efficiently.

Some types of Pre-Hire Employment Assessments:

  • Cognitive Aptitude Test
  • Psychometric Test
  • Situational Judgement Test
  • Physical Test

Optimizing The Selection Process
When asked to discuss how their organizations could optimize processes for the selection phase of recruitment, they indicated that sourcing and interviewing candidates needed the greatest improvement. We also discussed opportunities for utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) tools to improve selection and candidate and employee experiences.

Boosting Early Retention
Reducing attrition rates over the first 120 days is challenging for all organizations. Record low unemployment, changes in work attitudes and expectations, and the high cost of replacing people who quit have made retention strategy a high priority for HR leaders.

In discussing their priorities for increasing early retention rates, our advisors focused on the need to engage new hires more effectively, improve onboarding experiences and train managers to be more effective at post-hire engagement.

To see what else the Advisors had to say, including their tips for building stronger HR manager/recruiter and hiring manager relationships, download the Helping Hiring Managers Succeed eBook below!


Topics: hiring managers

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