50+ Good Questions to Ask Recruiters During the Interview

11 March 2020

When it comes to job interviews, planning and preparation are vital. The more you learn about the company you’re applying for, the better you’ll be able to prepare for your interview.

Your potential employer or a hiring manager will ask you some questions to decide whether you’re fit for the job position or not. Some hiring managers are also known to toss a few unexpected questions to see how you’ll respond.

That’s why you need to ask the right questions to the recruiter, as they will help you prepare answers for these questions.

So, what are some good questions to ask recruiters? We asked experts to give us their insights.

Bryan Zawikowski

Bryan Zawikowski

Vice President and General Manager, Lucas Group

What are two or three things that make someone a top performer in this position?

When interviewing with a corporate recruiter, it is important to understand their perspective and their place in the process when you are considering what questions to ask.

I believe the questions a job seeker asks are significantly more important than the answers they give. Asking intelligent, thoughtful and interesting questions sets great candidates apart from good ones because candidates that ask questions are generally more likable.

As Dale Carnegie once said in his book How to Win Friends and Influence People“We are interested in people that are interested in us.” Think about how this applies to your own life. I’ll bet you like being around people that are genuinely interested in you and generally avoid blowhards that only talk about themselves.

The irony in the latter situation is that THEY (the blowhards) probably like YOU, since you may seem interested in them!

A corporate recruiter looks good when they can provide the hiring manager with a complete picture of the candidate’s background, skillset, and competencies, in addition to their personality and cultural fit. If you ask the recruiter the right questions, they will tell you how to package yourself to be the most attractive candidate you can be.

Questions to ask and why:

Was there someone else in this role before?

If yes: Why did they leave the position?
If no: Why was this position created?

WHY ASK THIS QUESTION: If a position is a back-fill, then the performance metrics are well-known and the skill set is probably well-defined. If it is a new position, there may be more flexibility since they don’t know what they don’t know.

What are two or three things that make someone a top performer in this position?

What are two of the biggest challenges the person in this position will face in the first six months?

WHY ASK THESE QUESTIONS: You obtain information that will help you present your skills and experience in a more meaningful and impactful way, and can help the recruiter envision you being that top performer – which they will communicate to the hiring manager.

What is the best thing about working at (insert company name)?

NOTE: Don’t be specific in your question – let the recruiter tell you.

WHY ASK THIS QUESTION: The answer to this question provides you with a taste of the corporate culture. Are they most proud of being family-friendly? Is there tremendous income potential? Is it a fun work environment?

Remember, this is NOT an adversarial relationship. A good recruiter WANTS you to be a good candidate, so help them help you!

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