The role fulfilled by the hiring manager is critical in filling up job positions and expanding the company. His or her role may vary slightly depending on which company he or she is working for. However,a hiring manager, in general,is the person who establishes the need to fill an open position, and executes the process of finding and selecting the new employee.
Here are some of the responsibilities he or she has.
Planning the Employee Recruitment
Working closely with the department of Human Resources Management, he or she is responsible for the process of employee recruitment. He or she should participate in the entire process starting from the planning stages.First of all, he or she should have a clear definition of the job to be filled including the duties, responsibilities, necessary skill sets and credentials.
Meetings are held in order to decide on and organize the details of this process. A recruitment planning meeting involves the key employees involved in hiring new ones. Aside from a personal meeting, the key employees may also work together through e-mails.
Reviewing the Applications and Resumes
Once the job applications, resumes and cover letters from applicants come pouring in, the hiring manager is tasked to review and assess each one of them. Applicants are screened using the list of necessary qualifications, skill sets and experiences determined during the recruiting planning meetings. From these applicants, he or she determines the people most qualified to merit an initial or pre-screening interview, which can be a phone interview.
Conducting the Job Interviews
The hiring manager conducts the initial or pre-screening interviews. This is done in order to save time for the interviewing and selection team.Through a phone interview, the hiring manager may determine whether the necessary qualifications written on the job applications, resumes and cover letters are a fit for the job. Also, he or she may already ask the applicant the expectations for the job and the salary.
From there, he or she should find out who among the applicants merit a second or final interview.
Checking References and Backgrounds
The hiring manager may also check the references mentioned by the applicant in his or her job application, resume, cover letter and interviews. This is done in order to confirm if the qualifications and credentials presented are genuine. Verifying the work references may include contacting previous employers and supervisors. Educational credentials, criminal history and even credit history may be checked.
Making the Job Offers
Once an applicant has been selected to fill the open position, the hiring manager then works with the department of Human Resources Management to negotiate the details such as the amount of compensation.
Conducting the Employee Onboarding
The work of a hiring manager does not end when the open position is filled. He or she may also lead the employee onboarding. Employee onboarding is the orientation for the newly hired people. The new employee should be oriented on the rules and regulations, benefits, and even traditions and culture at work.
Taking in all these responsibilities, the role of the hiring manager is crucial for the company. He or she is in charge of finding someone qualified, capable and well-informed people to fill in the company positions.