As a talent recruitment agency in Phoenix and Tucson, Allstaff Services, Inc. offers a variety of services, including temporary staffing, temporary to direct hire and direct hire. We’ve been in the business for over five decades, and one of the questions we get a lot is: What’s the difference between a hiring manager and a recruiter? In the next two blog posts we’ll outline the responsibilities of each; how you can work successfully with each; and highlight the main differences between the two.

What Does a Recruiter Do?

A recruiter can be an external or internal job role. They can be on the payroll of the company they’re finding talent for, or they can work for a separate agency that serves companies by recruiting talent for them. Either way, recruiters work closely with a company’s hiring manager to define job requirements and understand the ideal candidate. Here are a few specific responsibilities of a recruiter:

  • Attracting and sourcing qualified job candidates. Both active candidates who inquire directly through a job posting of a recruitment agency, as well as passive candidates, meaning, candidates who might already have a job but would be perfect for an open position.
  • Pre-screening candidates. This process includes conducting reference checks and background checks. These screenings can be much like an interview with a hiring manager, where the recruiter will talk over the phone or in-person with a potential candidate and ask certain interview questions to help them ascertain if a candidate has the hard and soft skills to meet their client’s specifications.
  • Presenting the hiring manager with a selection of viable candidates for a job opening. This usually includes a conversation about each potential candidate and how they were uniquely qualified for the job.
  • Setting up hiring manager interviews. Hiring managers can be quite busy, so the recruiter is responsible for scheduling interviews between their client and approved candidates. After interviews are complete, a recruiter will check back with both the client and candidates to give and receive feedback.
  • Negotiating the job offer. Once the client extends a job offer to a candidate, the recruiter will often be present to handle any possible negotiations and make the process as seamless as possible. The recruiter is additionally responsible for letting unsuccessful candidates know they did not get the job.
  • Staying connected and following up. At times a recruiter will be responsible for the onboarding process of a candidate. In the initial stage of transition, the recruiter will stay in contact, helping to move things along smoothly. A recruiter’s job is typically fulfilled after this period of transition. However, if the candidate was filling a seasonal or temporary position, the recruiter will stay in touch throughout the duration of the candidate’s assignment.

If you’re a candidate who has been placed in a role, we recommend you stay in touch with your recruiter and nurture that relationship. If you’ve found an excellent recruiter, you never know whether or not they might be of service in the future. And if you’re looking for temporary or direct hire positions in the Phoenix or Tucson areas, check out our current job listings or give us a call today!


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