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Working with a recruiter can give you an advantage during the hiring process. Recruiters have more insight into the position, the company, and the hiring manager. If you’re contacted by a recruiter for a job, you should ensure that you make the most of the relationship by asking the proper questions.
Ask these common questions to learn as much as possible about a job opportunity before you get to the interview.
1. How long has the position been open?
It’s important to know how long a position has been open and how quickly they plan to fill it. If it’s been open for a while, that might mean that they are looking for someone very specific and haven’t been able to find the right candidate yet. If the position is newly open, they may be considering a host of candidates.
You can also ask the recruiter if other candidates have interviewed and why they didn’t get the job. If the position has been open for a long time, you may be able to learn from the candidates that didn’t get the job to learn if you’re a better fit.
2. Is it a new position, or did someone recently leave? Why did they leave?
Ask whether the position was newly created, or if it has existed and the former employee left. If it already existed, learning why the previous employee left can offer some insight into the company. If they were promoted, it shows that there is a chance for growth within the company. If they left for a better opportunity, it may show the opposite, but you shouldn’t make strong assumptions.
If the position is new, you can ask more about why it was created, what ideas they have for the position, and more.
3. What do you know about the hiring manager?
The more you know about the hiring manager, the better. Learning a little about their personality, their history with the company, and how they conduct interviews can leave you better prepared to make a good impression, and takes some of the guesswork out of what to expect.
If you’re interested in the job, you’ll want to make the best possible impression and the best way to do that is to prepare as much as possible! You can learn in advance if you have any talking points in common outside of the position itself, how serious or relaxed their interview style is, and more.
4. What qualifications are they looking for? What are the three most important qualities in an ideal candidate?
This is arguably the most important question to ask a recruiter. They have more information about the job than anyone, excluding the company itself. If you only ask one question before accepting an interview set up by a recruiter, ask what the most important skills or qualifications are. Learn what the hiring manager is looking for in a candidate, not only so that you can perform better in the interview, but also so that you can learn if you think the position is the right fit for you.
You can also ask what qualifications you may be missing, or where you may fall short as a candidate. This can be a tough question, but it is useful to know if you’re missing any of the traits of their ideal candidate. That way, you can explain in the interview how you can overcome those shortcomings if given the position.
5. How would you describe the company culture?
Company culture is a make-or-break factor for many candidates nowadays. It’s important to determine whether you think you would fit into a company culture, or if the culture is one that you can work productively in. A recruiter who knows the company well but doesn’t directly work there can offer an objective perspective on the culture and help you determine the cultural fit of an opportunity.
6. What are the next steps of the hiring process?
Use your recruiter as a resource to learn the exact steps of the hiring process. Often, candidates are left in the dark about when they can expect to hear back, how many interviews are expected, whether references are needed, and other aspects of the hiring process. A recruiter can clue you in on what happens next, when you should expect to hear back, and whether you need to prepare for additional interviews or screening steps.
7. Do you have any other tips for the interview?
Ask as many questions as you need pre-interview to prepare. You can ask if they can prep you with questions, ask what attire is appropriate, and ask for any additional tips for the interview. If your recruiter has any extra insights to offer, ask for them! Get as much of an advantage as possible when working with a recruiter so that you can ace the interview and get the job.
8. Do you have any other opportunities?
Ask your recruiter if they have other opportunities available in your field. If you’re not interested in the job they’re connecting you to, or if it doesn’t work out for other reasons, continue to use your recruiter as an asset in your job search! They may have other positions that could work for you if you ask, or they can keep you in mind for future opportunities.
There are various benefits to working with a recruiter, so ask them as many questions as you need to get the most out of the relationship! A recruiter can help you find more opportunities and prepare for the interview as much as possible.
If you need help with the job search or with hiring the best fit for your company, contact TalentFleX Solutions! We offer staffing solutions to fit your needs, and our recruiters are happy to answer your questions.