Job seekers’ questions for recruiters

ask questions pleaseWhich recruiter is right for you? Here are a few questions to help you decide.

  1. Do you charge a fee? There are rare exceptions, but generally the answer should be no.
  1. What’s your area of specialization? What type of positions does the recruiter place, and what types of companies does she place them in? Make sure your skills and career goals align with the recruiter’s focus.
  1. How many years of recruiting experience do you have? Experienced recruiters know the ropes and as a result tend to be highly effective and highly efficient – increasing your odds of getting placed, and quickly. However, that doesn’t mean you should discount a newer recruiter whose enthusiasm and intelligence could just as likely be a factor in you finding exactly what you’re looking for.
  1. How often do you place workers with my skill set, where, and in what time frame? Here you’re looking for proven results.
  1. What types of placements do you make? Contract or contract-to-hire placements versus direct placement…retained (charges the employer an upfront fee) versus contingency (charges employer only once a candidate is placed).
  1. How will you help me prepare? Recruiters should always help set you up for success. They’ll make sure you have all the information you need for an interview, from specific directions for getting there, to insight into the person who’ll be interviewing you, what to wear, what to say or not say, and more.

These questions can help you get a feel for whether or not you’d like to work with a particular recruiter. One more great way to way to know you’re in good hands? He or she will be happy to answer your questions.

About TRC Staffing Services, Inc.

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