Questions to Ask an Employment Recruiter

When you are approached about a potential job, take the time to ask lots of questions.  Vague answers are a red flag that should arouse your suspicion.  Good questions to ask include:

  • Where did you get my name?
  • What did you learn about me from the person who referred you?
  • Do you work on retainer or on contingency?
  • How many years have you been in business?
  • How many people in my line of work have you placed in the last few years, and with this employer?  Can you supply references?   (Realize, of course, that these names will probably represent satisfactory experiences.)
  • What are the details and location of the job, and why would it appeal to me?
  • What is the compensation being offered?  (Asking directly keeps both parties from needlessly wasting their time.)
  • Is the position salaried or is it paid hourly, with the possibility of overtime?
  • Is this a contract job?  If so, what is the contract length, and who handles payment and the contract authorizing payment?
  • How strongly do I compare to other candidates for this position?
  • How quickly will you follow up with me?
  • Is there any financial obligation on my part?