When you speak to a recruitment consultant they should have certain questions for you and will ask if you have any questions for them. Good consultants should cover most of these points, however here are a ton of questions we suggest asking of any recruitment consultant.

Who is the role with?

Sounds like a super obvious questions but this often gets withheld. This can be for numerous reason but be wary when recruiters are not willing to be transparent on this very crucial piece of information.

Where is the role based?

Job listings will often just list the area the role is located or even the city, ask the consultant for a more specific location or the exact address so you can have a quick look at the commute and the area.

What is the salary?

Most listings will include a salary number but some won’t so it’s always worth clarifying what the salary is for the role.

What are the ‘generous benefits’?

It’s all well and good saying there are generous benefits included with a role but don’t be afraid to ask what they are as some of these things could make or break your decision to go for a role.

What is the interview process?

Two interviews for most roles is pretty standard, however the process could be shortened or more lengthy therefore it’s work asking.

Can I refer this role to a friend?

Some roles simply aren’t the right fit for you, however many recruitment agencies will have ‘refer a friend’ schemes. If you have a friend that might be better suited for the role, ask the consultant about their scheme.

What’s the size of the team?

This can tell you a lot about the role and how diverse it will be and it should answer the question of whether you’ll be responsible for managing anyone.

Is the team growing or are they replacing someone who has left?

Why did they leave? The difference between a brand new role and replacing someone could shape the type of person they’re looking for. You can tailor your application and interview to fit accordingly.

What is staff retention like at the company?

We always suggest doing research on any company you interview for where staff retention could be highlighted (Linked-in is a good place for this) but it’s also something you can ask up front.

What can you tell me about the company’s culture and values?

If the recruiter doesn’t know then it’ll expose the limits of their familiarity with the company.

How long have they been searching?

Has the role just become available or have they been looking for a long time? If so, why has it taken so long to find someone?

Are there other candidates already being interviewed?

If so, how do my skills and experience compare? Consultants won’t give really specific details about the other candidates but should give you an idea of where your skills differ to others.

Can I work remotely or flexible hours?

For certain roles, this won’t apply but for roles that could be done remotely, it’s worth asking if the company has a policy on working from home or working flexi hours.

 Is the role permanent or temporary?

Seems like an obvious one but some job listings won’t mention it, therefore, we advise checking if it’s not entirely clear.

Consultants ask lots of questions from their candidates to ensure the person they’re considering for the role is right for it, and this works both ways. No-one wants to waste time on a role that’s not completely right for them, ask questions and lots of them to ensure the role is worth time going for, then go for it.

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