Last week we posted the first part in this series on Managing Your Hiring Managers. We discussed how to understand what your hiring manager’s want (or just as important – need) through voice of the customer (VOC).
A key to building a consultative partnership with your hiring manager is by getting to know them personally and building credibility with strong functional knowledge of their organization, business unit and staff.
How do you accomplish this? The following questions will help guide you so that you can become recognized as a true staffing partner with your hiring managers.
Knowing Your Hiring Managers & Building Credibility – Self Assessment!
- Do you have strong, personal relationships with your hiring managers? Do you know where they are from, their hobbies and interests? You don’t need to be best friends. But, you should have some basic knowledge of your customer and who they are.
- Do you know their administrative assistants or other support staff well? Often the most important contact you’ll have is the Administrative Assistants and other support professionals aligned to your hiring manager. They can be your best ally to ensure you’re given access to the hiring manager’s schedule and they always have an ear to the inner workings of the hiring manager’s department.
- Who are their top performers? Do you have a relationship with them? If you’re trying to build a business for your hiring manager, you should always look at their leadership team. From the successor of the department to the top performers, the traits from these team members are what the hiring manager is seeking to build in his/her department and what you should look for when courting talent. Also building relationships with these leaders will ensure your opinion is vetted throughout the key influencers in your hiring manager’s world.
- Do you have a strong functional knowledge of what they do? What does the hiring manager actually do every day? You should have a basic understanding of how they spend their time. They should also know how you spend yours.
- Do you keep up with the industry? Sure, you should be reading Workforce & HR magazines, but you should also be reading up on the latest trends in your industry. Whatever the industry (i.e. healthcare, banking, home building), you should stay abreast of trends there.
- Have you visited the department or met their staff? If you have the ability to make a visit in person do so. One of my clients within the insurance industry conducts site visits once a month to make sure they have a face tied to the name.
- Do you understand the career progression for each department? How do people move up, or transfer out of their department. This can be a key selling point if this particular manager has a track record of creating star performers for your organization or system.
- Do you meet with your managers quarterly to quantify your performance/ROI? As part of a quarterly touch base (or onsite visit), do you present meaningful data to your hiring manager to show what you or your function has done for them in the past 3 months?
We have added this self-assessment tool to our Good to “Elite” competency/skills self assessment library (see below).
If would like a copy of your (or your team’s results) results, please email us.
Join us for our final installment next week when we’ll focus on how to effectively manage the hiring manager relationship.
Have a great week!