12+ Best Questions To Ask A Recruiter

Want to know the best questions to ask recruiters? We've compiled the best list. Before you an employer, you need to assess all the conditions required for the job. It is vital that you know everything associated with the position and the company. Furthermore, you should also get to know your recruiter to have an idea of how proficient he or she is at their job; thus, letting you know if you can trust them..

Where Can These Questions Be Asked

Depending on your situation you might be wondering where the questions below can be asked. Any of the following areas are perfect for the questions we've put together:

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Questions To Ask A Recruiter Related To The Role

It is essential that you acquire as much information as possible from the recruiter regarding the role. Information like the duties, required skills, experience and compensation details

The questions below should help you with that.

Question 1: What is the job description?

This question summarizes aspects like the duties, skills required for the job, who you would be accountable to and are accountable to you. It gives you a brief idea about the work associated with the position.

Question 2: What are the prerequisite skills or educational qualifications for the position?

Any corporate job will demand a specific set of skills. To be capable and perform the duties without any errors, you need to possess the expertise to handle the role. The above question lets you learn about the required skills along with other qualifications needed for position.

Question 3: How long has the position been open?

This question lets you know about two things: demand for the job and the strictness of candidate assessment. If the job has been open over a month, there is a high probability of people not being interested in the job. Alternatively, it could also mean that the candidates are failing to make through the interviews due to strict interview conditions. Then again, you might get to know that the job has been open for only a week. In that case, you do not get any idea about the competition for the job or the interviewer's meticulousness.

Question 4: Is the position in question a newly created one or vacancy due to changes in the workforce?

Sometimes companies have a change in management which might also result in the creation of some new roles and designations. Or, there might be a change in ideas and priorities which creates new job titles. Then again, an open position could be a consequence of a change in the workforce (like promotion, retirement, or firing [in extreme cases]). You are not looking for a right or wrong answer to this question. It only lets you understand the circumstances which led to the availability of the job.

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Question 5: What are the reasons that other candidates haven’t been selected?

There are preliminary conditions set for a specific job; meeting them makes a candidate eligible for the position after which the interview process follows. Asking the recruiter about the cause of non-selection of other candidates might reveal potential shortcomings you need to careful of. It could be related to a skill, experience or any other aspect. Being aware of the things gives you forewarning – providing time to work out the inadequacies to perform better in the interview.

Question 6: What are some of the challenges and opportunities associated with the position?

A job comes with associated duties, tasks that you need to do and are ultimately responsible for. Knowing the challenges and opportunities that you will encounter in the position gives you time to prepare yourself mentally. It won't feel like a bad surprise when you face the issue later down the road. It will also help you evaluate your career progression, letting you know if the job matches your intentions and ambitions.

Question 7: I want a job that provides me a chance for career advancement. What’s the scope of growth and benefits of working with this position and company?

People want gradual progress their careers, be it in the form of salary increases, increase in responsibilities or job title. Through this question you get to know the perks of working in the position.

Question 8: How much does a job like this pay on average?

Inquiring about pay gives you a salary number that the company is willing to compensate for the position. Not only do you get to know how much you might get paid, but it also lets you assess the value. Value relating the job responsibilities. This information also allows you to consider and compare other offers (if any).

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Questions To Ask A Recruiter Related To The Company

When working in any job, you will be a small part of the big system, i.e., the company. All organizations are different, and so are their principles. You should be appropriately informed about the work ethics and culture of the company. Ensure that it matches your preferences before deciding to join them.

The following questions intend to explore those topics.

Question 1: What is the interview process like with this company?

Every company has their own rules when it comes to conducting interviews and hiring employees. Asking the recruiter provides insight into the process. Whether there is a preliminary written test, whether there is a phone interview before the actual meeting and more. Knowing these small details allows you to prepare accordingly to perform better.

Question 2: Will I be subject to any form of training?

The training, in this context, could be related to the period before being assigned any work, or during the working period to improve your skills and help in career development. Some companies actively engage their employees in training programs while others don't. This information will be vital to shaping your career growth plan.

Question 3: What will be the criteria for evaluating my performance as an employee?

Companies don't just hire people and forget about them. They tend to keep track of their work and performance. Your performance match closely to their expectations. If not, you risk getting demoted (or in worse cases, fired from the job). There are usually parameters that help employers evaluate their employees' performance. Inquiring about them in advance will let you know the factors you'll be judged.

Question 4: What is the culture of the company and workplace?

Every company has a system based on work ethics and culture which varies from one organization to the other. Google does away with formal wear while the company in question might be mandating that you dress formally. Formal wear is just one aspect. Knowing the principles that the company relies on and how it relates to your future work will help you make an informed decision.

Question 5: What can you tell me about the hiring manager?

The hiring manager is usually the one you will be reporting to before joining the company. It might be that the recruiter and the hiring manager are close acquaintances. Alternatively, that might not be the case. This question is to assess the relationship between the recruiter and the hiring manager while also letting you know more about the manager. This additional information (like their technical background, history with the company) will help you communicate with them during the interview process.

Question 6: What’s your opinion on this company?

Asking this question will sum up the recruiter’s impression about the company. They might provide useful insight that could help you make a decision.

Questions To Ask About The Recruiter

The recruiter is the person who presents opportunities to potential candidates. So it makes sense that you'd like to know how well they do their job and whether you should heavily consider the opportunity they are putting in front of you.

Here are some questions to help you get to know more about the recruiter.

Question 1: How long have you been with this company?

This question explores the connection between the company and the recruiter. It might be that the recruiter is a close associate of the company and regularly helps them with hiring. A recruiter with numerous job openings means the company trusts the recruiter. On the flip side, there might not be such close relationships.

Question 2: How long have you been recruiting in this industry?

This question aims at the understanding the duration the recruiter has been working in the field. That also translates to experience. A long time in the industry indicates vast experience dealing with companies and candidates – making them a reliable source of information.

Question 3: How many clients have you placed in this company?

Talking about the candidates that they placed also speaks about the association the recruiter has with the company. Numerous placements mean that the recruiter is a trusted source of hiring people; thus, a good sign for you.

That concludes the 17 questions for recruiters that you need to ask.

The following are some additional things that you need to consider when asking questions to recruiters.

Tips For Communicating With The Recruiter In The Interview

Use the following tips while asking questions to recruiters:

Be confident

Confidence is critical while expressing ideas and opinions. You need to have confidence when speaking to make any concern known without misinterpretations. Being anxious while communicating is likely to result in miscommunication. You might say something which the recruiter does not acknowledge appropriately.

Speak with clarity and purpose

Along with confidence, you need to point out exactly what it is that you want from the recruiter. Do not use too many words to wander around the point you're making. Be direct and ask questions. Be it about the job, the company or the recruiter.

Clarify uncertainties

The aim of communicating with the recruiter is to fill out unknown information related to the job. Hence, do not hesitate to make your concerns known and get them resolved. You do not want your concerns to turn to regrets. It is a good idea to make a list of things you are concerned about and discuss those with the recruiter.


Every job is different and comes with different terms and conditions. It's impossible to understand all of them. A recruiter is your best source of information related to the job and the company. Therefore, work with your recruiter, clear out the doubts, consider the options and then make a choice that best suits you.

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams.

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