Frequently Asked Questions
- What can a recruiter do for me that I can't do on my own?
- Recruiters can negotiate job offers and terms of employment more effectively because they know market conditions and are trained as effective negotiators. They are also well-informed on the current job market and potential openings; understand the corporate culture of various employers; and can tell whether you are really well-suited for a particular position.
- How do I know the recruiter is the right one for me?
- Ask questions to make sure you feel comfortable working with the recruiter. For example, ask them to walk you through the interview process and ask them to provide you with some references.
- Can I work with more than one recruiter at a time?
- It is generally considered unprofessional to work with competing recruiters and may reflect badly on you in the future when you need to use a recruiter again.
- How long will it take to get an offer?
- The standard time frame from first interview to sealed deal is usually 3 to 4 weeks, but can be much shorter if there are few candidates or the employer needs someone right away; or longer, if the employer is planning ahead and does not actually need someone for several weeks or even months.
- Should I talk about terms of employment during my interview?
- No. Your interviews should establish whether you are the right candidate for the job. If the employer decides to make you an offer, your recruiter will negotiate
the details for you.
- How do I know what to negotiate in regard to salary and benefits?
- Again, your recruiter will work out the details for you. You do not need to negotiate them with the employer yourself. Generally the salary you are offered should reflect the company's market position; the current standard rate for that position in the industry; and a 5%–10% increase over the salary you are currently earning. Benefits range greatly from employer to employer but can include health insurance, life insurance, 401K, pension plans, paid vacation/sick days, maternity/paternity leave, and tuition assistance.
- What does the recruiter get if I am hired?
- The recruiter receives a fee representing a percentage of your first year's salary from the employer.
- Does the recruiter guarantee my performance?
- Yes. If you leave the company in less than a negotiated period of time –– usually anything under a year
–– the recruiter loses part of the commission.
- What else should I know about working with recruiters?
- Make sure you know where the recruiter is sending your resume. Always be honest about your education, job experience, and salary. And, be upfront about your interest in the position and do not hope to get a job offer in order to obtain leverage where you are; such strategies usually backfire.