From: Simon Meth
To: Hiring Manager
Date: April 4, 2010
Subject: How to work with your recruiter to hire great people!
We’ve been working together for some time now and I’ve noticed some things about how that is going that may be helpful to share with
you. My intent in doing this is to foster increased communication between us so
that we can hire the right people, exactly when you need them, with the minimum
- Please respond to every candidate I submit to you within 48 hours. 24 hours would be better. It doesn’t work to respond only
to candidates that are of interest to you. Just a short note is all I need
about why the candidate isn’t a fit. That way I can learn quickly what it is
you are really looking for and only send you on-target resumes.
- Don’t complain to your boss that you haven’t seen any good resumes when you have a stack of resumes you either haven’t
reviewed or haven’t responded to. If you have a concern please call or email me
to discuss it. We’re on the same team here and I intend that you be completely
- My goal is to only send you candidates who are a good fit. In fact, I only send candidates that I believe we could actually hire
for the position and whom I want to phone interview. Conversely, I don’t send
resumes of people I don’t want to talk to.
- I realize that you may refine what it is that you’re looking for during the hiring process. That’s fine and exactly the way
it should be. Please just let me know if you have new information for me that
may be helpful in our search.
- If you have an internal person in-mind for the position, please let me know that right away. Let’s not pretend that we’re
looking for candidates when the requisition is already filled before it even
- Please be on-time for all scheduled phone interviews and in-person interviews.
- Great candidates have a shelf life. If you want to hire the best and brightest candidates we must act quickly and decisively.
- Think carefully about the makeup of your interview teams. Make sure that you will have all the information you need to
make a hiring decision.
- When you find a candidate who you like who can do the job we should hire them. Let’s not wait to see if we can find someone
better. There is always someone better out there! Let’s hire the one we have
and open another requisition if we want to continue the search.
- Never talk with candidates about their compensation expectations. That’s my job.
- Never attempt to negotiate with or close a candidate. That’s my job.
- Never make promises or share anything off-the-record with candidates. Focus all your discussions on the candidate’s ability to do
- Be prepared for your new employee’s first day. Be ready to welcome them and have their workspace ready and stocked with
supplies. Have some real work for them to do when they start.
- If you ever have any information or concerns that may potentially impact filling your requisitions, please call me immediately.
I’m here to serve you and I really want to work with you to find the right
people quickly and efficiently.
Your Corporate Recruiter