How to screen your recruiter – the top three questions to ask

kittisak-saithong-lrgWith a wide variety of headhunters, staffing agencies, global and local recruitment consultancies operating in Thailand, it can be confusing for a job seeker to choose the best partner for both their short-term job change and long-term career development.

Kittisak Saithong, Team Manager, Finance & Accounting, en world Thailand, shares three questions to help you screen the consultant.

β€œAn experienced, professional consultant should be able to answer these questions easily. This can give you confidence that there is a benefit to you to register with the recruiter. Recruiters should be able to offer expert information about the role and the company to help you make the right choice in your career move.”

1. What do you know about the job?

This is a great time to find out how much detail beyond the basic job description the consultant knows. It will help you to avoid nasty surprises later and demonstrates the depth of their relationship with the client.

  • Why is the job open? Brand new role or a replacement? If it is a replacement, what happened to the previous person?
  • How long have they been looking for someone? Why are they struggling to find people?
  • In your opinion, is there a difference between the job description and the reality of the job?

2. What do you know about the client?

  • How long have you been working with this client company?
  • Are you contacting HR only or do you also work directly with the line manager?
  • What is the recruitment process going to be like? How long does it take to get feedback?
  • Have you placed other people at this company? What do they like or dislike about working there?
  • Would you like to work for this client? Why or why not?

3. What other clients are you working with?

As very few job seekers get the first job that they are apply for, it is important that you understand what the specific areas of strengths are for this individual consultant and their agency. You may find that you are able to create a long-term relationship that enables you to develop your career overtime rather than focus on a single open job.

We hope that these questions will help you to find the right recruitment consultant to support your career development. To find out more about the recruitment market in Thailand, please email us at thailand@enworld.com or search a selection of open jobs

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