Recruited 101: 5 Questions You Should Be Asking Campus Recruiters

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So you’ve aced the on-the-spot interview and your resumes and business cards have been imparted to every recruiting booth in the room. Now what?

Now it’s your chance to ask the questions.

Campus recruiters want to attract the best talent, so they’ll be sure to have tons of great facts to share about their company.

The best thing you can do before setting foot in a recruitment fair is to ask yourself the one question that’s going to make those job-hunting decisions so much easier for you:

What do I want in a job?

If you have hobbies or like to travel, you’ll want to make sure that your prospective employer has a good attitude about work-life balance so can still put time toward those activities.

Or, if you’re willing to relocate for a job, you’ll want to work for a company with a great corporate culture so you can make friends and have the chance to socialize.

Make sure you have your priorities firmly in mind before brainstorming questions to ask recruiters.

It’s important that you come up with questions that are the right fit for you, but check out a few of our ideas below to give your brainstorming session a jump-start!

1. “What’s your favourite thing about working at this company?”

Asking this question is a good way to give the recruiter a chance to share their personal relationship with the company. By paying careful attention to their answer, you’ll be able to gauge how passionate they are about the company.

Recruitment Tip:  Asking a semi-personal question will make you a more memorable candidate and indicate that you’re interested in hearing what they have to say.

2. “What’s the company culture like?”

While different people value different things in a workplace, everyone has some preferences about company culture. If you have particular things in mind, this is an excellent question to help you decide whether a particular employer is right for you.

Recruitment Tip:  With a question like this, specific details count a lot more than enthusiastic generalities. 

3. “What kind of attributes does the ideal candidate for this role have?”

This is a crucial question if you have your sights set on a particular role with a company. Getting the job-specific scoop can help you customize your resume to fit exactly what the recruiter or hiring manager is looking for.

Recruitment Tip:  If you can’t take subtle notes, concentrate on the remembering the attributes that are employer- or role-specific. 

4. “What does success in this role look like?”

Reading a job description can only tell you so much about the hands-on reality of a position. A recruiter may be able to give you an idea of what a manager or supervisor will want to see on a short- and long-term basis – information that might not be readily available elsewhere.

Recruitment Tip: The information you learn by asking this question can be invaluable in helping you prepare for an interview, as you’ll be able to emphasize past roles and responsibilities that make you an ideal candidate.

5. “What’s the best way for me to get in touch with you?”

This is a good segue to handing a recruiter your business card or taking theirs. You can use this information to either send them a follow-up email or just add to your contact book in case you need it in the future!

Recruitment Tip:  Mention a specific date and time-frame for your follow-up, then stick to it. This will help underscore your commitment and interest.

Prepare for campus recruitment success this September with Recruited 101!

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