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Hiring Managers
Best ways to partner with your Talent Acquisition Specialist

One of the most important decisions a Manager will make is the hiring of a new employee. Here at MD Financial Management, Hiring Managers have dedicated Talent Acquisition Specialists to partner with and support them, so they do not have to make these decisions alone. Each plays a key role in ensuring a quality hire and a positive candidate experience. The role of the Talent Acquisition Specialist is to guide the Hiring Manager through the recruitment process from start to finish, and provide them with as much information as possible about the candidates being presented. They do this by shortlisting and pre-screening candidates prior to the manager interview. The role of the Hiring Manager is to meet with the candidates presented and conduct face to face interviews. Based on all of the information gathered throughout the recruitment process, they are then ready to make an informed decision.

  • The relationship between the Talent Acquisition Specialist and Hiring Manager is very important and the way in which they partner is critical to the hiring process. There are several ways in which Hiring Managers can work with their Talent Acquisition Specialists to ensure a timely and successful hire: Set expectations -the sourcing strategy meeting is the time to outline expectations and provide the Talent Acquisition Specialist (TAS) with information about the position, its requirements, the ideal candidate profile and the team environment, to name a few
  • Set realistic timelines-it is important to understand the steps required to make a quality hire; try to work with your TAS to outline a reasonable and realistic timeline for all parties involved, including the candidate-as I always say “When you hire in haste, you end up with waste!”
  • Be available-provide the TAS with your availability to interview candidates and be flexible to accommodate candidate schedules in a timely manner
  • Communicate-provide the TAS with timely feedback on candidates presented, as well as what they can do to improve/enhance your experience as a client during the recruitment process
  • Acknowledge expertise and trust-although you may have made many hiring decisions as a manager, it is important to recognize that the TAS is the subject matter expert in recruiting; trust them as a credible resource and partner, not an “order taker”

These are but a few examples of how you can work with your Talent Acquisition Specialist to ensure the recruitment process is a positive and successful experience for everyone. Remember, you both have a common goal to hire a quality candidate for your position and long term employee for your organization. You know what they say, “Two heads are better than one!”