What are the different types of hiring managers that you can encounter on reddit (and beyond)?
There are all sorts of types of hiring managers on Reddit and recruiting companies alike. Some are looking for a new hire, some might be looking for an intern or party, and others might just be looking to fill a space in their company (i.e., medium level management). When posting your resume on reddit you will mostly come across the following types of hiring managers:
The corporate recruiter
The corporate recruiter is someone who has the most power in terms of making the decision to hire you or not. You will find them on Reddit posting jobs that they are looking to fill, interviewing candidates or scanning through candidate’s applications. Their job is to recruit or fill spots in their company and they get a paycheck based on how many positions they fill.
In some cases, these people might not be very experienced. They are usually the recruiters you will find who were formerly in HR themselves, but are now working as a recruiter because they were fired or decided to leave. They do not have any experience and/or consultancies within their company so they will post positions on reddit. Because of this they also tend to be unqualified and can often be considered arrogant.
How do you identify which type of hiring manager you’re dealing with, and what should you do differently depending on the type?
Before I get into this, I’ll just offer some general advice: Don’t be a dick. You never know when someone might have a negative day and they’re looking for fun. Remember that most people on Reddit are kind people who live boring lives. I’ve had great experiences with hiring managers looking for interns, and I’ve also had several clients express their frustration with a hiring manager who’s looking to hire someone. Be nice to each other.
The Reddit thread mentioned above is a great place to look for possible job openings, and I’m going to use that to find a few examples of the three types of hiring managers.
Type 1: Hiring manager with job opening — this person has a job opening and is looking for a good candidate. This is the person who you’re interested in impressing. They’re going to call references, they’re going to check your resume, they’re likely going to conduct an in-person interview, etc. The hiring manager is actively working to find the best candidate for their position.
What’s your experience been like working with different types of hiring managers – both good and bad?
It varies for each individual. Personally, I’ve worked with both good and bad hiring managers. The last time I had a good one was about two years ago, and I didn’t have any negative experiences. With the last couple of jobs I’ve gotten, both companies had hiring managers who were quite difficult to work with. The work was hard, and I had to sacrifice a lot in order to communicate with these people. If I’m ever in that situation again, I would certainly be looking for another job.
It really depends on the hiring manager. Some of them are competent and actually help you get a job, while others are incompetent and have nothing to do but to make your life miserable. If it’s the former, then this question is not applicable. If it’s the latter, then I would definitely say it’s NOT worth working with them. Life is short, and energy is limited – you should spend it on people who appreciate you.