How to Make Your Next Assistant Manager Hire

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Last updated at 09-15-2020 11:05:28



More than 14,682 companies advertise 270,177 Assistant Manager jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Assistant Manager most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 95,772 job posts from 6,401 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 25.0% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 18 Assistant Manager job seekers for every active Assistant Manager job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Customer Service Representative, Receptionist, Retail Sales Associate, Warehouse Worker, Delivery Driver, Assistant Manager, Administrative Assistant, Assistant Store Manager, Store Manager, and Front Desk Agent seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Assistant Manager candidates in the United States. This is pretty consistent compared to the same data in the last 6 quarters. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Assistant Manager candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 11.6% of the active Assistant Manager candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 21.3% have between 3-5 years of experience, 32.5% have 6-10 years of experience, and 34.7% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 8.3 years to 8.1 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include leadership, communication skills, restaurant experience, supervising experience, computer skills, retail management, customer service, basic math, management, and restaurant management. Demand for sanitation, geometry, algebra, serving, data collection, fair housing regulations, kitchen experience, pet grooming, computer literacy, and food management has significantly increased. If you are looking for an Assistant Manager with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.3 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 16.5% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 30.0%.

Example Assistant Manager responsibilities

  • Tracking and reporting sales and attendance figures
  • Monitoring employees' performance and including it in evaluations
  • Assisting the manager with hiring, promotions, and disciplinary actions
  • Assisting with employee training and development
  • Providing help to customers when needed


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Assistant Manager positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, and New York are the states that have the highest demand for Assistant Managers. Texas, Florida, California, New York, and Georgia are where most job seekers are searching for Assistant Manager jobs. If we look at the Assistant Manager to job ratio, Indiana, Kansas, Iowa, Rhode Island, and Minnesota have the lowest number of Assistant Manager applicants per job. Hawaii, Delaware, Idaho, Connecticut, and Alaska have the most active Assistant Manager job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 1,700,158 job seekers interested in Assistant Manager opportunities in the United States. That’s a 39.3% increase compared to the previous quarter with 1,233,732 active job seekers. Around 11.6% of the active Assistant Manager candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 21.3% have between 3-5 years of experience, 32.5% have 6-10 years of experience, and 34.7% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Assistant Manager candidates is 8.1 years. Active candidates in the Assistant Manager profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Assistant Manager candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 74,637 Assistant Managers from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Family Dollar, Domino's, Dollar General, Walmart, Little Caesars, Burger King, Dollar Tree, Sonic Drive-In, Subway, and Circle K.

After analyzing post-interview data from Assistant Manager candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 50.0% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 88.5% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Assistant Manager candidates are expecting a on-site interview, phone call/screening, background check, and problem solving exercises. Most employers do not require a written test, drug test, or presentation. If you are trying to hire your next Assistant Manager quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 67.0% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 46% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • Describe in your own words your customer service philosophy.
  • What qualities do you possess that make you perfect for this job?
  • What is your management style?
  • How do you keep up with employees and their performance?
  • How do you organize your day to priorities and deadlines?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Assistant Manager salary offered by employers increased for 4 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a decrease of 5% from $42,437.11 to $40,276.58 compared to the quarter before, which is the biggest decrease in the past 6 quarters. For Assistant Manager positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 57.7%, discounts by 56.8%, paid time off by 51.8%, dental insurance by 49.3%, vision insurance by 44.7%, a 401k plan by 38.7%, and stock options/grants by 10.9%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including somewhat remote, sabbaticals, flexible working hours, fully remote, location variety, maternity leave, mostly remote, and paternity leave, to attract and retain Assistant Manager candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 30.9% of the employers conducted a background check, and 12.3% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Assistant Manager candidates.


When you’re ready to hire an Assistant Manager, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move an Assistant Manager candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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