Today I had a great experience at Lee Hecht Harrison’s Recruiter Roundtable. There were four recruiters, including me, on the panel answering industry questions. I recruit, interview, cold call, schedule, coach, market and coordinate all day long. When it’s your job to find jobs, you forget how difficult it is for those of you searching for a job.
Lee Hecht does a good job teaching people how to find a job and how to work with recruiters. The candidates there had some great questions and got some good answers. One of the questions that got the most attention was - What are the most important questions for a candidate to ask?
The general gist of the conversation lead toward the wrap up of an interview. It’s good to ask questions but not too many. The max you should ask is five. You need to close the interview. What do I mean by that? Ask what the next step is, ask the interviewer if there is anything you need to clarify, ask for the job. Never, never leave without asking a question. The kiss of death is not asking a good question. So do your homework on the company and the people you’re meeting with then ask a great question!