Some Tips to Peacefully Co-exist with HR

Some Tips to Peacefully Co-exist with HR

Oftentimes companies will want their recruiters to deal with human resources exclusively, and we all know that sometimes recruiters and HR don’t always have the best relationships. Here are a few tips for recruiters to begin building a better relationship with their human resources department.

  1. Find out where the money for this hire is coming from: human resources or the actual department for which you are hiring? You will most likely be working closely with HR if the budget is coming from there.
  2. Respect them. Even brown-nose them a bit; feed their ego and make them look good. They will be more likely to become an ally and an advocate for you the more they feel you respect them.
  3. “We want to act as an extension of your department”. This simple phrase, or something similar, can diffuse any hostility or defensiveness from HR as it shows you want to have a close working relationship with them.
  4. Target small- to medium size companies. More often than not, the smaller companies haven’t developed enough to establish a large enough internal human resources group to support the recruiters. This means that you, the recruiter, will be more valued for your expertise within the company and will have to work directly with the hiring authorities instead of HR. Then, once the company does begin to grow and gain more human resources support, you will be more likely to be “grandfathered” in to be able to continue working directly with hiring authorities.
  5. Challenge yourself with higher-level assignments. Many important skills aren’t things that can be written on a resume or be screened by a database. By working on the higher-level assignments you will be able to show off the skills you would otherwise not be able to display, such as leadership, boardroom presence, initiative, etc. Demonstrating these skills will increase the likelihood that you will be able to work directly with the hiring authority.
  6. Make sure to point out the drop in candidate quality if you are unable to give personal insight into the personality and style of the hiring authority. Quality candidates will want to know they will be able to have some direct contact with the higher-ups in the company otherwise they might not take the position as seriously.
  7. Be willing to compromise and build trust. Let human resources know you want to work with them as partners, rather than being on different terms. Don’t go behind their back with anything and in return ask for access to whatever means will make you more effective, such as access to the hiring manager.
  8. Keep human resources in the loop. Make sure they always feel like they are being included in everything. An easy way to do this is to just copy them on emails.
  9. Meet with them in person. Take the time to go into their office or take them to lunch in order to build a better relationship.
  10. If all else fails, move. Don’t settle for a bad relationship with human resources. If they aren’t willing to build a relationship with you, find another company that will.
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