4 Apr

5 Questions to Ask the IT Recruiter in an Interview

Posted by John Brandwagt

You’ve landed an interview with an IT recruiter.Now you need to impress them. You already know you need to do some research beforehand, and you’ll want to pay close attention to your body language. You may even ask someone to help you conduct a mock interview to practice.

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You’ll likely want to know what kinds of questions the recruiter will ask you and how to respond. Here’s something you may not have thought of yet: You’ll have a chance to ask the IT recruiter questions. What will you ask? Here are a few ideas to help you impress your interviewer, and a few ideas to avoid.


1. Ask: What Can You Tell Me about the Hiring Manager?

You may not want to open with this question, but it is one of the most important questions to ask an IT recruiter when you go into an interview.

Why? It tells you so much. You’ll likely interview with the hiring manager if you make it to the next round, and you may even end up reporting to them if you’re hired on. As a result, you want to know at least a bit about them. The IT recruiter can give you some insider information.

On the other hand, maybe they can’t. This question is also designed to determine the recruiter’s ability. How often do they work with this hiring manager? How long has the recruiter been working in the industry? If they have a good relationship with the hiring manager, they should be able to give you some insight. If they’ve just started this job, they may not be able to tell you.


2. Ask: What Are the Most Important Skills?

When the recruiter calls you in for an interview, you’re going to discuss the job posting they’ve found for you. They believe you likely have the right skill set.

The problem with most job postings, however, is they tend to list every skill under the sun. Some skills may be required but others may just be preferred or desired.

The IT recruiter is much more experienced at reading job postings than you are. They also know the employer. Ask them about the three or four most important skills for this job, then tailor your resume to match.


3. Ask: What’s the Salary?

Contrary to what many candidates think, it’s acceptable to discuss salary with your recruiter.

If the compensation doesn’t come up when the recruiter is interviewing a candidate, they run the risk of not finding a mutually beneficial for the client.

However, this shouldn’t be your first question. It will naturally come up in conversation after some discussion about your skills, abilities, and knowledge.


4. Ask: What Are the Next Steps?

If you’re interested and excited about the opportunity the IT recruiter has presented during the interview, be sure to ask what the next steps are. Even if you’re not quite as enthused as you thought you would be, it’s still a good idea to ask about the process. Will the recruiter follow up or will you? Should you submit a resume now?

Asking about the process is great because it lets you know what to expect and conveys your interest.


5. Ask: How Much Help Will Be Provided?

When conducting an in-depth interview with you, a recruiter will want to know more about your abilities and knowledge. They’ll also want to know if you will require more training or experience. This self-reflection in a candidate is a good sign, so go ahead and ask if additional help or training will be provided once you’ve been hired.

Ask some smart questions in your next interview and you could soon be stepping into a brand-new role.


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Topics: IT Jobs

John Brandwagt

John is a Practice Leader at Inteqna. He’s been working in IT Search in Calgary since 1997. He works best with selective job seekers—those who excel at what they do and enjoy their current jobs. Since they don’t have time to look for themselves, he helps them find their dream jobs. From a client perspective, he helps organizations find the talent that will propel their business. John is involved in several of Calgary’s technical user groups and has held board roles in non-profit groups. He is a single dad of four boys who try to beat him at every physical activity from hiking to rugby.

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