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Ask The Right Questions


The words "Ask The Right Questions" over a brick wall with a question mark spray painted on it.

Author: Mike Scaletti


When you're searching for a new job, you'll eventually talk to a recruiter. They might be with a company you applied to, someone you met at a job fair, or a staffing agency like The Job Shop. No matter who the recruiter is, it's important to ask the right questions so you can get the information you need to succeed.


Asking well-thought-out questions about the job opportunities available shows your passion, commitment, and interest. It also gives you a chance to learn about the job and the hiring process.


These should be the goals of any questions you ask a recruiter:

  • Understand how the job aligns with your goals and provides career path opportunities.

  • Learn about the company culture and how you might fit in.

  • Find out about the salary expectations and role requirements for the job.

  • Get guidance on the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring process.

  • Identify specific aspects of the role that will help you land the job.


It's important to remember that the goal of your questions is to gain insight, not just to ask questions for the sake of asking. Do your research on the company, the job, and the recruiter (if possible).


5 Questions to Ask a Recruiter


What are the biggest challenges and opportunities of this position?


Knowing the challenges and opportunities of a job will help you understand if it's a good match for your needs and desires.


When did this position open?


Knowing how long a job has been open can give you insight into interest in the position or why other candidates may not have been selected.


What are the duties and responsibilities of the position?


This basic question will give you a summary of all aspects of the job and what you'll be expected to do.


What are the requirements or prerequisites of this position?


Knowing the skills and expertise needed for the job will help you determine if it's a good fit for you.


What has caused the employer to pass on other interviewed candidates?


Asking why other candidates weren't selected can help you avoid potential issues and give you the best chance for success.


If you're ready to ask a recruiter some questions, get in touch with The Job Shop. We'll be happy to help!


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