The Most Important Questions to Ask a Recruiter

If you’re looking for a new job, you’re in good company: 10.7 million people are currently on the hunt for their dream job. 

Your job search may take you far and wide and into experiences that are new for you. For example, you may find yourself in a situation where you’re working with a recruiter instead of directly with an HR department. As more and more HR departments are handing over recruiting and hiring to third parties, you are likely to encounter working with them. 

If you’re still looking for the dream job and find yourself in front of a recruiter, here are the most important questions you should ask to make sure they’re finding you the job you’re looking for.

  1. Can you tell me more about the job?

Recruiters have a deeper insight into a company and a job opening than a job description or website could ever give. Asking for these details can give you a better understanding of the company culture and other aspects of the job that will help you decide if it’s the best fit.

  1. How soon does the position need to be filled?

Speaking of wasting time, knowing how soon the prospective company is looking to hire someone will help you prioritize other interviews and opportunities. If a company is earnestly looking, then it won’t be long before they make an offer to the right fit. This allows you to plan your job hunt better around your current responsibilities.

  1. How long has the position been available?

One giant red flag for a position is if the opening was posted a while ago. This indicates the employer has unrealistic expectations when it comes to either job duties or expected salary – or both!

  1. Is this position in-person, remote, or hybrid?

With the shift in recent years toward more flexible work schedule options, remote work, or a hybrid, this question is getting more and more important. Positions that offer remote work or a hybrid schedule are highly sought after as they become more of the norm in a post-COVID-19 world. Conversely, some employees may thrive better in an in-person environment. Knowing expectations going in can help you decide if they are offering a schedule that is best for you. 

  1. Why is the position open?

This will give you insight into whether this is an old position that will have already pre-formed expectations or if it’s a new position and you’ll have the responsibility of taking it in the direction it’s been intended for. The answer to this question will let you know if you’ll be hired to break the mold or create one. 

  1. What will the interview process look like?

Interviews can be stressful as they are often the deciding factor in whether or not you get the job. Knowing everything you can about the process can help you mentally and physically prepare. Will there be a lot of people involved? What kinds of questions will they ask? When can I expect to hear if I got the job?

  1. What are the opportunities for growth in this position?

No one wants to go into a position where there are no opportunities to either advance their career or learn new skills. Ask about other areas you may one day be qualified for in the future if you took this position. You’ll want to make sure it’s a position you can grow in if you’re looking for longevity in a company.

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