When HR Recruiters Call, Here Are The 10 Questions You Should Ask…

by Alan Collins

A call from an HR recruiter can be a career changing event.

It may lead you to that HR job you’ve always dreamed of.

However, you’re BUSY.  You want to make sure you’re NOT wasting your time.  And that means asking the right questions at the right time upfront so that you know if the opportunity if the right one for you. 

However, sometimes our brains get scattered.

The right questions just don’t pop into our heads.

And we leave that call excited, but wishing we had probed the recruiter a little more about the opportunity.

If that happens to you — relax, the 1-page cheat sheet below is exactly what you need.

This quick and dirty guide will give you 10 questions to ask when recruiters and headhunters call so that you get your questions answered upfront — and make a favorable impression at the same time.

Check it out below.  Download it and keep it handy on your devices so you have it when you need it.



To squeeze the most juice out this one-page cheat sheet:    

(1) Use it as a reminder of the key points to remember for your next HR telephone interview. 

(2) Keep it handy on your all devices (phone, laptop, tablet) so you can access it quickly for future reference.

(3) Forward it to colleagues you know who would welcome having this information to aid in their job search efforts.

(4) Use it any way you want!


That said, here a quick recap of the 10 questions you should ask when HR recruiters call you:  

1. Who does this HR role report to?

2. What 2-3 things are the critical to success in the role?

3. How long has this position been vacant?

4. Is someone currently still in this role?

5. Is the organization also considering internal candidates?

6. How long do you expect the interview process & decision making to take?

7. You said the salary is “competitive.” Define competitive in numerical terms? What’s the compensation range, please?

8. Is the role exclusive to you as a recruiting firm?

9. Have you placed candidates with this organization before?

10. How many other candidates are you presenting for this role?

Additional key points for effectively managing this call:  

Ask good questions upfront.  Your time is valuable.  Don’t waste it interviewing for a role that doesn’t fit what you want.

So if you have any concerns or questions at all…ask them! The recruiter may not be able to answer ALL your questions — but they are all worth asking.

You should expect recruiters to read your resume. 

Don’t expect them to read your mind.

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Want more proven strategies for landing your next HR opportunity faster? Then check out:  

HR INTERVIEW SECRETS: How to Ace Your Next Human Resources Interview, Dazzle Your Interviewers & LAND THE JOB YOU WANT!  For more details go HERE.


Want more proven strategies for landing your next HR opportunity faster? Then check out:  

HR RESUME SECRETS:  How to Create An Irresistible Human Resources Resume That Will Open Doors, Wow Hiring Managers & Get You Interviews!  For more details go HERE.


About the Author: Alan Collins is Founder of Success in HR, Inc. and the author of a variety of best selling HR books including:  HR RESUME SECRETS and  HR INTERVIEW SECRETS.  He was formerly Vice President – Human Resources at PepsiCo where he led HR initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.

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