Questions to Ask Recruiters

Establishing a recruiter’s credibility

  • Do you have an exclusive agreement to represent this client (the hiring organization)?
  • Is this search being done on a contingency fee or retained basis?
  • How long has your firm been in existence? How large are the operations?
  • Do you (or your search firm) specialize in any particular industry or functions?
  • What have been some of your recent searches? How have they worked out?

About the job in question

  • What can you tell me about the hiring company?
  • Why is this position open? How long has the job been open?
  • Can you provide a detailed job description for the position?
  • Where is the job located?
  • What are the main qualifications your client is looking for in a candidate?
  • What is the compensation package for this position?

If the job is of interest and you agree to be considered as a candidate

  • Given my qualifications, do you think I’m a viable candidate?
  • What can I expect from the selection process?
  • Will I be notified before you present me to your client as a candidate?
  • Will my interest in this job preclude my candidacy for any of your firm’s other searches?
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