When a recruiter calls to run you through a new role, it can be tricky to tell whether a role is right for you just from their description of it on the phone.

There’s nothing worse than getting too far down the process of a role, only to find that it’s not the one for you.

It can waste your time, your recruiter’s time and the hiring manager’s time... and time is precious friends (especially when you’re hunting for your dream job).

If only you could have decided whether the job opportunity was right for you beforehand!

Luckily, we’ve got a few tricks so you can ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ to the role straight away.

What questions should you be asking?

If you can get an answer to all of these, you should have a pretty good idea of whether the role is right for you or not:

  • What company is the role with? What can you tell me about the company culture, operations, market position, future plans?

  • Why has the role come up? (This will give you a steer on staff turnover, company culture, progression opportunities and so on).

  • What are they looking for in a candidate? Why do you think I’m a good fit for the role?

  • For temp or contract roles: What is the hourly rate range and dates?

  • For permanent roles: Salary range and career potential?

  • How long has the agency been working on the role for? What stage is the recruitment process at?

A good consultant will welcome these questions.

If they can’t answer any one of them, they’ve either not actually been engaged by the client (but have just heard about the role through the grapevine and are hoping to try their luck by spamming your CV to a hiring manager), or - perhaps even worse - they have been engaged by the client but haven’t taken the time to understand the company and the role.

What are the chances of someone like that representing you successfully?

If an agency calls you with a job opportunity after you’ve met, it’s up to you to make sure you’ve been given enough information about the role to ensure it’s right for you - before you agree to being presented for it.

Do your homework before you’re put forward for a role. Remember, this is your career we’re talking about so it’s up to you to make sure you steer it in the right direction!


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