No, the title of this article is not a trick question (although it kind of feels like one, doesn’t it?). Hiring managers are a vital component of the talent acquisition process, and yet their role isn’t always well-defined.
Normally when I map an organization’s recruiting process, the focus is on the recruiter, the coordinator, and the HR business partner. Yes, the hiring manager has a role, but the only consistency for that role is in the interview and decision-making process. Everything else is up for grabs, up to and including the initiation of new headcount justification.