Leading a Recruiting Team: Coaching Tips and Tricks

Leading a Recruiting Team: Coaching Tips and Tricks

When you are the captain of the ship.

This event is part of the “Let’s Talk Recruiting” series where a panel of recruiting practitioners get together online and have a conversation on a variety of topics related to corporate recruiting.

In today’s conversation…

Leading a recruiting team means your focus needs to be going in two different directions… in one direction is your team and in the other direction are the business leaders.

Our panel discuss ways to both lead a team and navigate the halls of the business units.

Listen in and find out if you agree on their ideas, or add some of your own.


Our Panelists…

Name & LinkedIn Profile Group Title Company
Arhonda Reyes Recruiting Seattle Senior Staffing and Recruiting Manager SEKISUI Aerospace
Doug Corcoran TA Leaders Head of Talent Acquisition Ferrara Candy Company
William Uranga TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Spokeo
Ed Frankel TA Leaders SVP, Director of Talent Acquisition Omnicom Health Group
Chiara Hughes TA Leaders Head of Corporate and Technical Recruiting Carvana

Some of the attendees…

Name & LinkedIn Profile Group Title Company
Ryan Watson Talent Acquisition Manager Unknown
Elise Peterson Talent Acquisition Specialist Hireology
Barbara Marks Recruiting Atlanta Recruiting Manager (Contract) Kimco Services, LLC
Cindy Kelly Recruiting Atlanta Executive Director/ Search Consultant/ Coach Genesis Professional Services
Jessica Cunningham Recruiting Boston Director, Talent Acquisition Medicus Healthcare Solutions
Catherine DiMartino Recruiting Boston Senior Global Corporate Recruiter Independent Contractor
Kaytelynd Kelley Recruiting Boston Sr. Talent Acquisition Advisor, Global Products Waters Corporation
Andy Pittaluga Recruiting Boston Technical Recruiter Bose Corporation
Katie Stevens Recruiting Chicago Talent Acquisition Leader GE Healthcare
Erica Lee Recruiting Chicago Field Exempt Recruiter US Foods
Shawn Watzka Recruiting Chicago Senior Recruiter Inpatient Psych Solutions
Kelly Esquivel Recruiting Chicago Sr. Recruiter Avtex Solutions, LLC
Lisa Wrezel Recruiting Chicago Talent Acquisition Lead Centric Consulting
Lexi Dossey Recruiting Chicago Recruiter Start Early
Steven Rosenblum Recruiting Chicago Talent Acquisition and HR Operations Leader Level 5 Partners
Antonia Ndi Recruiting Dallas Talent Acquisition Partner Academic Partnerships
Allison Cooper Recruiting Dallas Global Recruiter YPO
Jennifer Ellis Recruiting Dallas Corporate Recruiter Three Wire Systems
Tim Strandberg Recruiting Denver Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist Datavail
Crystal Crawford Recruiting Houston Talent Acquisition Partner HighRadius
Sean Rehder Recruiting LA Community Manager CRM Connections
Manny Sanchez Recruiting LA Vice President Talent Acquisition AmeriHome Mortgage Company, LLC
Diana Maronen Recruiting LA Recruiter Ember Technologies
Simone Press Recruiting LA Whip Media Group Whip Media Group
Gary Gangi Recruiting LA Manager, Technology Recruiting ServiceTitan
David Zandueta Recruiting LA System Recruiter Keck Medicine of USC
Melissa Willis Recruiting LA Talent Acquisition Project Manager Allstate
ANDREA LUCAS Recruiting LA Talent Acquisition Specialist Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Far West Division
Tracy Bryan Recruiting LA Recruiting Manager Internet Brands
Ariel Burkhart Recruiting LA Manager, Tech Recruiting OpenTable
Zachary Eggers Recruiting LA Talent Acquisition Partner AEG
Katherine Amato Recruiting LA Senior Corporate Recruiter Guitar Center
Giselle Salazar Recruiting LA TA Specialist Optima Tax Relief
Ann Lillquist Recruiting Minneapolis Senior Talent Acquisition Recruiter Smiths Medical
Megan Stokka Recruiting Minneapolis Senior Recruiter Daikin Applied Americas
Denise Ward Recruiting Minneapolis Technical Recruiter Wunderlich-Malec Engineering
Becky Gramenz Recruiting Minneapolis Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist Looking for Work
Preslie Deusenbery Recruiting Minneapolis Talent Acquisition and Credentialing Manager Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Jessica Lappe Recruiting Minneapolis Sr. Manager, Global Talent Acquisition Tennant Company
Merilee Templin Recruiting NYC Legal Recruiting Manager Ropes & Gray LLP
Alexa Montane Recruiting NYC Talent Acquisition Partner Realogy Holdings Corp.
Ahna Thorstenson Recruiting NYC Recruiter Uber
Roseanne Donohue Recruiting NYC Senior Talent Acquisition Manager, North America Radware
Rachael Flores Recruiting NYC Director, Global University Relations & Diversity Recruitment PVH Corp.
Aaron Beohm Recruiting Phoenix Managing Member Phoenix House California
Wendy Vandel Recruiting Seattle Health Services Recruiter Washington State Department of Corrections
Richard Shoff Recruiting Seattle Senior Recruiter Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Disha Salgia Recruiting Seattle Recruiter - Sales & Marketing ExtraHop
Arhonda Reyes Recruiting Seattle Senior Staffing and Recruiting Manager SEKISUI Aerospace
Marita Arevalo Recruiting Seattle Recruiter Aegis Living
Sinda Allen Recruiting SFBA Senior Manager Global Talent Acquisition Moogsoft
Eric Pierson TA Leaders Director Of Recruiting AT&T
Inga Levko TA Leaders Recruiting Team Lead | Dev-Pro Talent | US Market Dev-Pro
Malia Jorgensen TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Nortal US
Dawn Losinger TA Leaders Head of Talent Acquisition Precision BioSciences
Richard White TA Leaders Head of Talent Acquisition & Human Capital Management Momenta Partners
Brian Budchuk TA Leaders Associate Director, Talent Acquisition Critical Mass
Guiti Nabavi TA Leaders Director, Diversity & University Recruiting Hinge Health
Stacey Richey TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Corvus Insurance
April Himel TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Tinuiti
Kylee Piper TA Leaders Head of University Recruiting Credit Karma
Mahen Kathirithamby TA Leaders Director Of Recruiting Looking for Work
Carrie Flaspohler TA Leaders Regional Director of Talent Acquisition Slalom
Michelle Sickles TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition IFM Restoration
Joseph Yeh TA Leaders Head of Talent Apex.AI
Bennett Yang TA Leaders Director Talent Acquisition SoundHound
Rithesh Nair TA Leaders Executive Talent Acquisition Recruiter EY
Sandesh Sukumaran TA Leaders Head of Professional Services, Accion Labs
Katie VandenHoek TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition TAK Communications
Heather Malone TA Leaders Head of Talent Acquisition EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants
Heidi Gorman TA Leaders Vice President Talent Acquisition Florida Autism Center
Diane Mariuzza TA Leaders VP, Senior Recruiter SitusAMC
Delta Stein TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition Frontier Technology
Doug Corcoran TA Leaders Head of Talent Acquisition Ferrara Candy Company
William Uranga TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Spokeo
Chiara Hughes TA Leaders Head of Corporate and Technical Recruiting Carvana
Ed Frankel TA Leaders SVP, Director of Talent Acquisition Omnicom Health Group
Steve Young TA Leaders Director Talent Acquisition Group Nine Media

We asked our attendees, “What tip or trick would you recommend recruiters use?”

These were the answers they gave…

  • #1 is to be a human and keep that candidate experience first
  • Act like a owner
  • Always follow-up with a quick email recapping verbal conversations
  • Always leverage data
  • ALWAYS network. ALWAYS be real. ALWAYS follow-through with candidates.
  • Ask questions!
  • Automate as much of your administrative work as possible! If you don't know where to start with that, evaluate your ATS.
  • Automate, automate, automate! The more automation -- the better the candidate experience !
  • Be intentional around connecting with your team.
  • Best Practices
  • Can't think of anything at the moment
  • Candidate Control is #1
  • Coaching tip: show trust and assign a challenging task to a trainee in order to sh they can do anything with desire to stand out
  • Common sense and relatability
  • Connect, connect and connect with managers
  • consistent communication
  • Create an outreach list 1st thing for each position or a group of positions. Always focus on passive candidates.
  • Create healthy competition between recruiting team members via candidate sourcing competition.
  • Dedicate time on your calendar and use it
  • focus on goals
  • Follow up ALWAYS
  • Get to know your stakeholders. Both the hiring managers you are recruiting for and the candidates you are submitting
  • Goal setting and accountability. Helping your recruiters achieve the goals they set while holding them accountable to them too.
  • Have a dedicated space for teams to collaboratively work on projects
  • I have candidates looking if there is safety in our company but there is no 100% safe job
  • I have never lead a team, interested on insights on how to do this successfully
  • I haven't led a recruiting team but hope to in the future.
  • I need help with this -
  • I recommend managers training Recruiters how to think about their activity, their brand, like a business.
  • i stress the importance of following up with candidates, even when you don't have an update!
  • Jumpstart 😉
  • Keep organized
  • Keeping your team informed of the bigger picture helps them understand how to work effectively with the business
  • Know your competitors/research your market
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Lead by example
  • Lead by example and develop strong relationships with the business leaders and hiring managers, know the business strategies.
  • Lead with empathy, but be confident in your decisions.
  • leadership during a crisis like Covid
  • LinkedIn
  • LinkedIn ideal candidate search
  • Listening more than talking
  • Listening to recruiting calls & coaching in the moment.
  • networking is key
  • Networking!
  • Optimal goal setting
  • Over communicate
  • Personalize Video
  • Recommend recruiters do a 'ride-along' or job shadow what they recruit for
  • Reflective based approach to supervision and relationships with hiring managers.
  • Sourcing
  • Stay as close to the business and align yourself with business strategy as much as possible
  • talk to everyone! All the time!
  • team recognition
  • Try to implement continuous improvement suggestions from the team
  • use data
  • use your network

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