aperfectcircle: I firmly believe that the best person to do the hiring is the manager of the role in question - they know what they're after skills-wise, and can also assess the often more important "team fit".
To be fair to the HR/recruitment types, there's a risk of workplaces being turned into little fiefdoms of the managers concerned when hiring is left entirely to them. As of today, I've been prompted to a 2nd line manager role and my manager thought it was a good idea for me to go and have a chat with recruitment/HR about some of our concerns and certain things will change, which is good. I was then asked to help shortlist for a role that I know a bit about and one which again interacts frequently with my team.
It was an eye-opener, in the sense that this is the first time that I really saw the process from beginning to the end and I've drawn a few conclusions.
Recruitment, like everybody else, has their inadequacies. However, their job isn't easy and shortlisting is made triply hard by the sheer number of applications. The role concerned paid near 6-figures minimum and is a pretty serious, professional role which require a good skillsets that needn't be deadly specific but is not something that everyone has. Yet it had 100+ applications and to be brutally blunt, 70% of the applicants were totally wasting their own time and ours.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE people don't be one of the above time-wasters. I've been reliably informed by our recruitment that they operate informal "plonker filters" for people who constantly apply for almost every single advertised role in order to save their time. I can understand why after seeing the sheer volume of unsuitable applicants. Much as I can occasionally be dissatisfied with our recruitment, they simply won't let any of these plonkers through. In this regard, they are doing their jobs.
When people waste their own and our time like this, you're making it more likely that other proper candidates get missed when someone has read their 67th CV and is developing a big headache. I know -- this happened to me today. Fortunately, I went back and realised I made a mistake and added this one good candidate to the interview list. How would you feel if you were one of the victims?
My little exercise of doing this process from beginning to the end (admittedly I did read the applications in more depth than HR would) for someone else's role - although I am quite familiar with the hiring manager and the person reported their satisfaction with my efforts - took nearly 3 hours.