Top 5 Questions To Ask Your Recruiter Before Accepting The Job
October 13, 2021
Committing to a job, especially if you’re transitioning from one to another, is a big deal. It is always best to make sure a couple of things are okay with you before putting in your resignation or rendering. Just as important, do some research before your final interview in order to gather better questions. From phone interviews to Skype, Zoom, in person, you name it, it is important to ask your interviewer questions. Here are a couple of questions (in no particular order) to help you decide.
Compensation and Benefits Questions
These questions are a bit touchy depending on what part of the world you’re in. If you’re concerned about the pay, make sure to ask in a respectful manner in order to avoid any complications.
- Is the salary open for negotiation?
- What pay structure/system will I be on? (hourly/weekly/monthly, salary, etc.)
- How often are we given raises?
- Are the raises given based on performance or is it uniform per position?
- What benefits do you offer?
- When do my benefits take effect?
- Who are the providers of these benefits?
- How much is deducted per pay period?
- Do you have a retirement program?
- What does the leave package consist of? (Sick days and vacation time)
- Do my leaves roll over to a new year?
Any other clarifying questions about money can be asked as well, but remember that tact is the key when asking. If you’re applying to something like a business process outsourcing (BPO) company, asking the recruiter might not yield the results you’re looking for as they might not know the client’s company processes and structure at an extensive level.
Shift and Schedule Questions
Usually, the answers to these questions are straightforward. You either get a yes, no, or a set time and schedule as an answer.
- What is my shift going to be?
- Is my shift permanent or is it shifting?
- Will my shift be flexible?
- Do you offer work from home or a hybrid setup?
Like other questions, if you’re getting a job in a BPO setting, the recruiters will know the answer to one or more of these questions but sometimes they won’t know what the client plans on doing in the future. If possible, it is best to save these questions for the final interview where you get to talk to the head of the department or the person you’re directly going to work for.
Role Specific Questions
These questions only apply if you still need more details beyond what is on the job description and if your recruiter hasn’t already answered you. They also are appropriate to ask if the job description given is a generic one.
- What are the daily responsibilities?
- What are the main responsibilities?
- How is success measured?
- What tools will be available to me?
- How critical is this position?
Most of the time, recruiters will be able to answer these questions. Again, in a BPO setting, asking the client will give you a much clearer picture of what you’ll be doing. They can also help paint a better picture of how you fit into their company.
Ask these types of questions if you’re interested in finding out exactly how far you can climb within their company.
- Does the position offer room for advancement?
- Are the advancement opportunities offered upwards, lateral, or both?
- Has anyone in the position I’m applying for/being offered been promoted to a higher position?
By asking these questions you indicate to the people in the interview that you are interested in staying long term and will boost their confidence in you as the right choice. It also shows that you’re a goal-driven individual with high aspirations.
It’s always safe to ask about the team you’ll be joining. In some cases, you will be able to tell if you can thrive with them right from the start, if you’ll need to work on getting to know everyone, or in some rare cases if you should choose a different opportunity.
- Who will I be reporting to? (Who will be my immediate manager?)
- What is their management style?
- How many people are on the team and what are their roles?
- How is the work divided between the team?
- Is there a system of checks and balances within the department?
These questions are best saved for the final interview, as the recruiter won’t be able to give you the in-depth answers you’re looking for. Your best bet is to save those questions for when someone from the actual team joins the interview.
Keep in mind that all of these questions can be asked in many different ways and how you ask depends on your audience. In the event that your interviewer(s) are thorough, you won’t need to ask anything and that would be great. Realistically, you should prepare questions for the interview, as most times, not everything you want to know will be explained. In most interviews, BPO, or any other type of work you’re applying for, the recruiters will only know so much information and it is important to try and get as much information during the final interview as opposed to relentlessly asking your recruiter questions. The last tip is to write your questions down, there’s nothing worse than thinking up good questions for an interview that you really want to be answered, then forgetting them because they aren’t written down anywhere.