6 Questions To Ask Your Recruiter

Oct 11, 2022

Be honest – what question have you always wanted to ask a recruiter. Because let’s be honest, we’re all different! And on the face of it, it can be difficult to tell if a recruiter is the right fit for you and your business. That’s why we recommend interviewing them first! Today we’re going to go through 6 questions you should be asking your recruiter before you sign on the dotted line – and why.

What’s Your Experience In Our Industry?

Depending on the type of business you are and the role you’re recruiting for, you may need someone a little specialist. Most recruiters will be able to work in multiple industries and will have years of experience to back that up, but having an idea of the specialist area of each recruiter you talk to is key. Ask them about their previous work in your industry, how they would approach things differently for your industry compared to others, and what their success rate was. The idea here is to get an idea of their confidence and credibility, so you know they can find you someone appropriate for the role.

How Do You Advertise For Roles?

A recruiter’s job is to find candidates for your role – but not all recruiters approach this in the same way. While some will be proactive, posting job ads all over the place and sourcing their own shortlists of candidates, others will post your job advert on Indeed and call it a day. Sad, but unfortunately true. Unsurprisingly one approach gets more results than the other, so you want to find a recruiter who knows how to advertise your role effectively. You want a recruiter who is advertising with a large number of general job boards, industry-specific job boards, CV sites and even networking to find the right candidate for you.

How Do You Screen Applicants?

Of course, once they have a pile of CVs in front of them, you need to know there will be a screening process. The worst thing is hiring a recruiter who just acts as a forwarding address for you, sending you every CV that comes across their desk. A good recruiter will have a thorough screening process in place to sort the wheat from the chaff and make sure that only the right candidates CV’s end up in front of you. Every recruiter will have a slightly different process here, but the key is that they have one, and that they can explain it to you clearly. That way you know you won’t be bombarded with CVs and still have to do the hard work.

What’s Your Fee Structure?

Sadly, recruiters don’t work for free. We need to put food on the table as much as you, and that means we need to charge for our services. However, each recruiter will have their own fees (the amount you pay), and their own fee structure (when you pay etc). For example, most recruiters will have a fee they charge for temporary placements, contract placement or for permanent recruitment services. They might require an up-front payment, their fees might be a set pound amount, or they might take a percentage of the successful candidate’s salary. Before you agree to work with them, ask them to explain their fee structure so that you know what you’re paying for. This also gives you the chance to explain your future recruitment plans and lay the groundwork for a long-term relationship.

Do You Offer A Guarantee?

Any recruiter worth their salt will offer you a guarantee. This would come into play if they aren’t able to find you a candidate for the position, if the candidate can’t actually do the tasks required of the role, or if they leave within a certain time frame. Make sure you ask them if they offer a guarantee, and if they don’t, walk away. You want an agency that is confident in its own abilities, and not just trying to get by on charging fees they haven’t earned. A guarantee is a safety net for you, so make sure it’s there!

How Often Do You Get Client/Candidate Referrals?

It’s important to remember that the recruitment agency you work with is a direct reflection on your business. So as much as you vet their success rates, you also want to vet their approach. When you’re talking with them, try to get an understanding of how they work and the reputation they have. Will you get good service from them? Will they treat candidates well? Do their core values align well with yours? Unfortunately, there are plenty of businesses out there that have gained a bad reputation purely because of the way their recruiters have treated or managed candidates, which has actively harmed their ability to attract top talent in the future. As well as asking questions, make sure you do your research online as well. Read reviews and testimonials, and visit forums for candidates to make sure everything is above board.

At Wildcat Careers we’re always happy to answer any questions you might have, and we try to make sure you’re as informed about our processes as possible before signing up. We view your success as our success, and we want to make sure you get exactly what you want! So if you’re looking to fill a role but don’t know where to start, we would love to help. Just get in touch with the team today to book your free, no-obligation consultation.


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