Should the HR dept. be responsible for all matters related to hiring and training staffers?

During the hiring and training processes, HR and the head of the specific department or practice area involved should work together closely.

During the hiring and training processes, HR and the head of the specific department or practice area involved should work together closely. The department head should provide HR with a set of specs for the open position, and the HR director should then recruit suitable candidates and conduct first-round interviews.

It is important, however, that the department head be the ultimate judge of professional skills, as well as team chemistry. This is because the candidate must possess the necessary expertise for the position, while also being a good cultural fit.

HR should take the lead in training the new hire in various corporate procedures, while also handling the overall orientation activities for the new employee. The HR department is also responsible for procuring any special training a new employee may require, as well as future professional development that will help the employee grow and advance. Specific training on systems and practice-area-specific protocols, however, should be the responsibility of the department or practice head.

Steve Seeman is VP at Makovsky & Company.

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