Seven questions to ask your Recruiter before your next interview

Being put forward for an interview is a great achievement; it means your recruitment consultant has decided you’re suitably matched to a role they’re looking to fill. Remember, recruiters work for their clients and want to find the best candidate for them, so if they’re putting you forward, they must really have faith in your talent.

You’ve probably had all the details you think you need, but here are some questions to ask your recruitment consultant before your next interview:

 1. What is the interview process?
How many interviews will be conducted and what type of interviews will they be? (ie, telephone, face to face, technical)

 2. How has the recruiter presented you to their client?
You’ll (usually) be interviewed by someone your recruiter has previously had contact with, so it’s worth finding out what information they have passed on.

 3. Why is the position open?
It’s often worth asking this to find out if the role is a new one or you’re replacing someone who is leaving. If the role is new, find out what the client expectations are for the role and what candidate profile they are ideally looking for.

 4. Has the recruiter made any changes to your CV?
If so, you need to know exactly what they are so that you can confidently talk about your CV in the interview.

 5. Who makes up the interview panel?
You need to know the names and job roles of everyone that will be present at your interview. Your recruiter might also be able to tell you who the decision-maker is, but you’ll need to impress the whole panel.

 6. Are there internal candidates applying for the role?
Many law firms have to offer the role internally as well as advertising to external candidates. Internal candidates sometimes have an advantage over external ones because they already know the firms work culture.

7. Can you supply me with social media on the firm you are applying for?
Hiring managers can spot an unprepared interviewee a mile off – be sure to impress with your background knowledge and also ask your recruiter to run through interview technique and also any insight they have. More often than not as your recruiter knows the form you are applying for they can share a unique insight on the hiring process.