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SIX questions you should ask a recruiter

Six questions you should ask a recruiter before you engage with them …

Thank you for requesting a copy of my six questions you should ask a recruiter before you engage with them.


I produced this as I hear all too often about companies who seek the support of recruitment agencies but end up feeling that they have been let down.  I hope you find them of use and if you have any feedback please give me a call on 0333 3445577.

Adrian Cheesman
MD Demob Job


  1. What screening techniques do you use to ensure that you ONLY introduce candidates who specifically match with my requirements?

    This is an initial strong question to ensure that the recruiter has planned and proven techniques to minimise the wastage of your valuable time.  A poor answer could indicate that you will be seeing irrelevant CVs; wrong skills, experience, location, availability and salary expectations etc.

  2. Can you give me evidence that you have filled vacancies like mine, if so with which companies?

    The recruiter must demonstrate a firm understanding of your business sector and to be able to provide you with some genuine similar ‘successful’ case studies.

  3. Are you a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)?

    Membership of this trade organisation demonstrates the recruitment agency’s commitment to providing a professional service which meets with all current legislation.

  4. What happens if my new employee should leave within the initial few weeks of starting?

    The protection of your investment is important.

  5. What makes your recruitment agency any different from the previous agencies who have contacted me already this week?

    The recruiter must give a comprehensive and reasoned answer to what makes them different in order to demonstrate added value.

  6. What is the success rate of your recruitment agency?

    A good recruiter will have these statistics immediately available including the ratios:

    - ‘CVs introduced’ to ‘Interview Invitations’
    - ‘Interviews attended’ to ‘Job Offers

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