What does a Hiring Manager do?


The most important thing for the success of a company is... its employees. A successful business looks for employees that are not only rightfully qualified and motivated to do their job but also employees who are well suited to their position. This is where the Hiring Manager comes in.


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Who is a Hiring Manager?

HR Overview

Hiring Managers or HR Managers are people who are in charge of the head of recruitment, training, and supervision of new employees for companies and businesses.

The hiring manager identifies the position to be filled on their team and is involved in the recruitment process from the outset on the basis of their specialist knowledge. When considering candidates for a specific role, they are able to judge whether an applicant has the necessary knowledge and experience for a position.

The employees of the HR department cannot usually carry out this evaluation; Although they know the company's requirements in broad terms, they do not have the technical depth when it comes to a specific job or role.

They often start the hiring process creating the job description and what is need with the help of the HR team. However, the hiring of a new employee is not the end of a hiring manager's job. They are also responsible for the supervision and further development of the hired employee.

A hiring manager, therefore, ensures that the employee receives adequate onboarding, conducts continuous discussions with the employee, identifies potential and promotes this, for example through further training.

Hiring managers also come into play when an employee is leaving a certain role. Here they help with the employee's offboarding and, if necessary, begin looking for a suitable successor for the position that has now become vacant.


Hiring managers are in charge of filling new positions through every step of the hiring process.


The main responsibility of a Hiring Manager is to support the recruiting team in the search and selection of new employees. While each hiring manager has their own process, most start with identifying the staffing requirement of the client they are working for or of the company. This requirement is then translated to a clear and concise job description through which employee applications are generated.   

HR Role

Suitable candidates are then shortlisted and the recruitment process truly begins. Hiring managers are tasked with setting up interviews with shortlisted candidates before conducting the final hiring after relevant approval from the company.

In addition, they also coordinate and organize internal training and further education, ensuring proper implementation of the company's global HR strategies and processes. Furthermore, HR managers also oversee the application of new initiatives and tools in the field of Talent Management.

They are also responsible for the strategic development and monitoring of the overall HR strategy.

What are the HR manager responsibilities?

  • Identifying employee requirements
  • Support in the search and selection of new employees
  • Setting up interviews for relevant candidates
  • Coordination of internal training and further education
  • Determining compensation for new positions
  • Contract negotiation with new employees
  • Supporting the implementation of global initiatives and instruments in the field of Talent Management
  • Implementation of global HR strategies, processes, and initiatives
  • Further development and monitoring of the HR strategy


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The basic technical prerequisite for the position of a Hiring Manager is the confident handling of recruiting tools and IT programs, such as MS-Office. On the other end of the line, we have important soft skills such as a confident appearance and a high social competence. The Hiring Manager should have a loyal personality and a feeling for people. In the course of the recruiting process, a high organizational ability is a great advantage as well.

HR Skills

What must a Hiring Manager be able to do?

  • Sense for people and passion for the implementation of HR topics
  • Confident appearance and high social competence
  • Loyal personality and organizational talent
  • Good know-how of recruiting tools, knowledge of the labor market and relevant labor law
  • Excellent IT knowledge (MS-Office)


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You don’t necessarily go through classic training to become a hiring manager. Hiring managers are often career changers who have a degree in economics, law or social sciences on their CV. They are often characterized by a pronounced psychological and social intuition, have a good knowledge of human nature and, above all, enjoy dealing with people.

HR Background


The annual earnings of a hiring manager range from $36,000 for beginners to up to $80,000 for senior managers. The average salary is around $54,000 per year. The actual amount, however, is influenced by other factors, such as the professional experience gained, the size of the company and also the region. Here in Germany, there are clear differences in payment related to skill and experience.

HR salary by sector

The following industries have the highest salaries for HR managers:

  • Telecommunications: 61.000 €
  • Banks / Finances: 58.000 €
  • Metal industry: 55.000 €
  • Electrical engineering: 55.000 €
  • Insurance: 54.000 €

How much does a freelance hiring manager earn?

The average freelancer hourly rate for a Hiring Manager is $118 per hour. Extrapolated to an 8-hour day, the daily rate is around $940 per day. (freelancermap price index - as of April 2019)

Now that the salary is out of the way, let's discuss demand. With most companies looking to cut costs where possible, is there a future for Hiring Managers? Absolutely. Statistics show that an estimated 9% growth in HR manager roles is to be expected between 2016 and 2026. Hiring Managers ensure only the best prospective employees for companies and this is a role that can be guaranteed even 20 years from now!


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