Top 10 Reasons Why HR Hates Recruiters and Vice Versa

To many in the business world, recruiters are the cowboys of the wild west, swaggering into the bar, a cocky tilt to their hat, six shooters blazing, while HR the barkeep stands protectively behind the bar,  dressed in conservative fashion, running a tidy shop, trying to conserve the peace and keep any ruffians under control.


Below is a tongue and cheek look at "Why HR Hates Recruiters and Vice Versa.


  1. HR follows the rules while recruiters break them.
  2. They both think they add more value to the business than the other.
  3. Recruiters offer more money to close offers while HR is trying to stay within the salary cap.
  4. Recruiting  is about doing it (tactical) while all the HR group  seems to want to do is talk about it  (strategic).
  5. They both think their in charge of the final offer.
  6. To HR workforce planning is their main job, while to recruiters any workforce planning efforts going on within the company mean they will be looking for another job soon.
  7. HR loves paperwork but  to a recruiter the only paperwork required is a napkin at a bar to jot down candidate essentials.
  8. HR usually holds the purse strings while recruiting is it’s poor jealous cousin looking for hand me downs or a hand out.
  9. No to HR means No but to a recruiter No means let the games begin.
  10. Finally to the business HR and Recruiters are one and the same (Doh!)

Francois Guay has been both an HR executive in a large global company as well as an internal and external recruiter. See more blogs from this author at


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Comment by Bill Schultz on September 28, 2011 at 12:19pm
Barbara- Let's do lunch!
Comment by lisa rokusek on September 28, 2011 at 1:10pm
Barbara, I'll buy you and Bill lunch any time.
Comment by Amy Ala Miller on September 28, 2011 at 2:16pm

@Barbara, I think I'm developing a bit of a recruiter crush on you.  :)

Comment by Francois Guay on September 28, 2011 at 6:48pm

Some great input. It's interesting how opinions vary based on what role you are in. This piece was written more from an internal perspective. ie: Hr and internal recruiters. It does not apply as much for the external recruiter although a few do. Barbara your a hoot.

Comment by bill josephson on September 29, 2011 at 10:32am
I'd buy lunch for an internal recruiter successfully able to manage a hiring process.  
Comment by Valentino Martinez on September 29, 2011 at 10:55pm

How did this blog post degenerate into crushes and lunches when the subject is..."Why HR Hates Recruiters and Vice Versa?"

Let's please get back to the "hate factor” Francois is concerned about...Otherwise Francois’ next blog post will be:  "Why Do Recruiters and/or HR Have a Tendency for Attention Deficit Disorder?”


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