What is the difference between a Hiring Manager and a Recruiter?
A recruiter’s mission is to find a qualified individual to fill a position so the company can make more money (and to make money themselves). They may not be fully invested in the role, since they will fill it, and move on to filling another position elsewhere. They can work for the company directly, or be hired from an outside recruitment agency.
A hiring manager’s mission is also to fill a position with the BEST person for the job. They have a variety of responsibilities, on top of making the final decisions on hiring. They tend to have in depth knowledge of the company and the position. They may even be the supervisor for the position, so they are often invested in the new hire for many reasons, including time and cost for training, specific experience, and longevity potential.
How should a student begin to navigate the process?
- Understand how you are being evaluated: Recruiters often want to expedite the process since their main goal is to fill the position. They may use a simple rating sheet to evaluate things like personal appearance, etiquette and professionalism, confidence, and leadership potential. You could present yourself as more competitive among your peers, and in the market, by preparing for this – which means a recruiter will WANT to place you somewhere, even if the current position does not work out.
The hiring manager will evaluate much more. The focus is on this role, right now. Therefore, this may be your only opportunity with this company. They are also trying to assemble a diverse and functional team. They will be evaluating how you will fit into that team, the culture, and the company. They might evaluate your personality, supervisory style, and approach to projects.
- Stand out: This goes for both a recruiter and hiring manager. Recruiters see A LOT of students during career fairs and on-campus visits. An average student who meets the requirements might not stay top of mind, as opposed to a student who is charismatic, completes research on the position and the company, and prepares their “elevator pitch” ahead of time.
Remember, there are many ways to prepare yourself for the recruitment and hiring process. The key is word is PREPARATION. These tips could get you noticed and hopefully, hired!
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