You have a headhunter approach you about a job they think would be a good fit for you. Maybe they have identified you based on your LinkedIn profile, or you already have a connection with them. They reach out to you about the job, and it seems promising. It is a job you might consider. But, before you move forward, it’s important to clear up any questions you have about this opportunity.
Here are some questions you should ask a headhunter about the job to ensure it’s an opportunity worth pursuing:
Why was the job posted?
This is not necessarily information an employer would be forthcoming with, but a recruiter may have some insight into why an employer is hiring. Is it a newly created role? Did an employee exit the company? For what reason? You may be able to get answers to these types of questions.
What is the company culture like?
It can be challenging for candidates to get a sense of what a company is really like based on what you read online and in an interaction or two with a hiring manager. A recruiter may be able to give you more relevant information about what the company is like. Plus, they can give you a third-party perspective. This can help you determine if the company is a place you would like to work.
What is the salary range for the job?
A lot of job postings online do not disclose compensation. This makes it difficult to determine if it’s worthwhile pursuing an opportunity only to find out there is a big disconnect in salary after you’ve interviewed for the job. A recruiter may be able to tell you about a compensation range and other potential job perks.
Is the employer open to flexible work arrangements?
In the post-COVID era, people have become accustomed to more flexible work arrangements. A recruiter will be able to tell if working remotely or some schedule flexibility is an option with the employer.
When are they looking to hire and what are the steps?
All candidates want to have an idea of when the employer wants to have a new hire start. You want to know how long the hiring process will take and the steps involved in the process. This is something a recruiter will be able to give you some insight about so you can prepare accordingly.
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