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In today’s job market, you’re not just competing with a few other applicants – you’re up against a staggering 118 on average! That’s why it’s crucial to really let your passion for the position shine and make yourself stand out from the rest. Luckily, applying through a reputable recruitment agency can make all the difference in helping you achieve your career goals.
By applying through AvA-V, we’ll not only help you find the right career path, but we’ll also provide you with the necessary support to strengthen your application.
One of the great advantages of applying through an agency is that you’ll communicate with a recruiter who will help you showcase your passion for the role. That’s why it’s essential to know what questions to ask recruiters. But what should you ask? Let us tell you…
Enquire About The Job
To begin, it’s important to know the specifics of the job you’re interested in. A great way to start is by asking questions about the position. While there are many possible questions to ask recruiters, here are a few that they love to hear:
What Challenges Will I Face In This Role?
It’s crucial to understand what the challenging aspects of the role will be. This is because knowing what to expect will make your career choice easier. When you’re aware of the challenges you will face, you can decide if they are challenges you’re willing to take on. For example, a challenge could be to deal with difficult clients. If you possess strong communication and relationship management skills then this challenge would be perfect for you to tackle.
What Progression Opportunities Are Available?
You’ll want to know if the organisation offers clear opportunities to progress and if the progression available aligns with your career goals. This will give you an idea of whether you could potentially have a long-term career there.
What Will A Normal Day Be Like In This Role?
You want to gain as much information as possible. To get a realistic idea of what your work-life balance would be like you’ll need to know what your responsibilities will be.
What Skills Will The Ideal Candidate Possess?
This will give you a greater understanding of what the hiring managers are looking for and how good a fit for the role you are. By asking this question, you can highlight keywords that the recruiter uses to describe the ideal candidate, and strategically use the same keywords in your interview when describing yourself.
Of course, you’re going to want to know all the little details about the job however there are a few questions not to ask too early… It’s important to showcase your desire for the position as well as asking questions like “What’s the salary like” or “How many holidays do you get”. For most people, these questions will be the decision maker and therefore are deemed quite important to ask. However, it’s always important to surround these questions with more career-focused questions. For example, ask about the role and responsibilities and then discuss the salary.
Ask About The Organisation
During the recruitment process, you want to show the recruiter that you’re passionate about joining a new team and that you’re prepared to hit the ground running. Here are some questions to ask recruiters regarding the employer:
What is the company culture like?
From reading the job description, you should understand what the responsibilities will be. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right career for you. Every company has a unique culture and it’s important to find one that’s right for you, otherwise your job satisfaction will suffer!
What team and manager will I be working alongside?
In any workplace, strong relationships are key to success. Therefore any details about the people you’ll be working with are highly valuable. You’ll want to understand the size of the team, how closely you’ll be working with other colleagues and any information regarding the management style. Knowing this information will give you a greater understanding into if the careers for you.
What support and training are available in this position?
Career progression may be available. However, it’s important to understand if the company commits to employee development by providing resources to support advancement. These questions are a great way to show the recruiter that you’re ambitious and keen to keep learning and developing.
Will my work be more collaborative or independent?
This is an important question to remember to ask. You want to know exactly what you’ll be going into, therefore asking about the work style makes sense. Many people might not like working collaboratively and likewise, some people won’t want to work alone all the time so asking this question can reassure you if it’s the right career for you.
Learn The Recruitment Process
You can never be too prepared for what lies ahead! That’s why, a great question to ask recruiters is:
“What are the next steps in the process, and when can I expect to hear from you?
This question will allow you to prepare for whatever comes next and give you more chances in strengthening your application. If you are told that successful candidates will be interviewed in 5 days then this gives you more than enough time to enhance your interview skills.
By now, you should have a range of questions to ask recruiters during the application process. You’re now prepared to find your dream career and begin applying!
“But wait…how can I find my dream career” you may be wondering? Lucky for you, you’re in just the place! By simply submitting your CV on our website, you could be contacted regarding any suitable career opportunities for yourself!