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You, most probably have applied for a dozen or more jobs via internet job portals, when you get surprised by a recruiter phone call, you may find yourself at a loss for words.

You, most probably have applied for a dozen or more jobs via internet job portals, when you get surprised by a recruiter phone call, you may find yourself at a loss for words.

So I’ve gathered two dozen questions for you to ask the recruiter when you hop on a call. Keep this message in your Outlook/gmail archive and search on “24 questions to ask recruiters” any time you’re on the phone to talk about one of those glittering roles.

Twenty-Four Questions.

  1. Can you send me the job description?
  2. What are the three key factors to success in the role?
  3. What can you tell me about the client’s business?
  4. Why has the client decided to hire for this role?
  5. Who does the position report to?
  6. Is the role a new position, or a replacement position?
  7. Is there an incumbent in the role right now?
  8. Where are you in the process?
  9. Has this search been open a long time?
  10. Is your client very committed to getting this role filled?
  11. If so, why has it been open for so short / long of a time?
  12. Is the client looking at a wide variety of candidates or have they narrowed it down to a specific type of match?
  13. Have they been very picky or more open-minded about the types of candidates they see?
  14. What’s the compensation package?
  15. Yes, I know competitive, but how competitive?
  16. What’s the interview and decision-making process like? How many weeks or months can I expect?
  17. What’s something you can tell me about the company that I can’t find myself online?
  18. Where is the job physically located?
  19. What percent is it in-office, travel, remote work?
  20. Have you successfully placed a candidate with this client before?
  21. Was it the same hiring manager?
  22. If so, what can you tell me about how that process went?
  23. Are you the exclusive recruiter on this role for this company? (If they are, you’re likelier to be reviewed by the hiring manager. Whereas, if the role is being shopped by multiple contingency firms at the same time, it obviously means the relationship with the ultimate employer is weaker.)
  24. Who referred me to you?

With those two dozen questions, you should get a pretty good feel for the role, the company, and the recruiter’s relationship with the hiring manager.

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