Every once in a while, the phone rings and it’s a recruiter on the other end. While you might not be interested in what he/she has to offer, you have to admit that it’s at least a little flattering to get the call.
Once you get past the initial compliment though, you have to get down the serious business of determining whether or not you are interested. The recruiter want to know about you, but before you turn over your resume, there are things you should know about him/her.
Here are 10 questions to ask a recruiter:
- What are the main qualifications the recruiter’s client (the employer) is looking for?
The truth is, the client/employer often has only a few key requirements that are deal-breakers. Get those on the table first to see if you’re even in the ball park.
- What is the job description?
Hearing what the client/employer expects you to do is important. While he job may entail more money or a higher title, you have to show up and do that job every day. Make sure it’s something you want to do. Will it stretch your skill set? Or, will it represent more of the same at the moment in your career when you’re ready to do more?
- What is the reason the open position?
You’re going to have to do a little digging here. People turn over, but it is only meaningful if you can see a pattern. Do they have high turnover? Was it a promotion? What is the longevity of the rest of the team?
- What is the compensation package?
Here’s where you ask about starting salary range. But also ask about bonus structures and any other perks that might be included. Half-day Fridays always sound good to us, but others may care about child care, health and wellness, stock options, health insurance, etc.
- What is the interview process?
How many steps till the decision? Will you get to meet the senior management in the process? It’s just good to know what your process will look like and to gauge how well you are doing (are you almost at the finish line?)