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Recruiters are from Venus. Hiring Managers are from Mars

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During the London 2012 Olympics Usain Bolt set a new event record. Streaking by the competition in a staggering 9.63 seconds, Bolt solidified his position as the fastest man on the planet. It would make sense then, during the 4 x 100m relay, with three teammates who are all statistically slower than Usain, that their overall time would reflect this, right? Some quick math would suggest around 39 seconds… 

What would you say if I told you they actually clocked in at 36.84 seconds? In an incredible display of teamwork, the Jamaican’s median times were all faster than Usain Bolt. The secret behind this – alignment. It wasn’t about the individual speeds; it was their coordination while in motion and ability to be totally in-sync during the crucial baton passes that saw them clinch gold in such spectacular fashion. 

Hiring managers

But how does this relate to hiring managers and recruiters? 

I’ve been in the recruitment industry for over 20 years now. One of the most common gripes I’ve witnessed is the strained relationship between hiring managers and recruiters. It often does feel like both are from different planets! But, at its core, I believe hiring is like a sport and one that requires the same level of cooperation and alignment that the Jamaican relay team displayed during the 2012 games. It’s the only way to achieve a successful culture of hiring. 

Recruiters and hiring managers both play different, but equally important, roles in the process. It’s a recruiter’s job to understand the candidate market well and bring insights on best practices for things like advertising and interviewing. A hiring manager, however, is armed with the priorities of the organization. They can give detail on the required skills, training and what has worked well in the past. When the two come together on the same page, forming a tight, coordinated team, then they can absolutely nail hiring. 

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