Executive Recruiter Interview Questions

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In which ways do you lean on your formal education, as an Executive Recruiter?

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List of 30 Executive Recruiter Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    In which ways do you lean on your formal education, as an Executive Recruiter?

  2. 2.

    Have you ever worked on retainer?

  3. 3.

    How do you maintain relationships with your clients?

  4. 4.

    Have you ever had a project fall apart, last minute? How did you react, and what steps did you take to recover the deal?

  5. 5.

    What sales methods work best for you when approaching new clients?

  6. 6.

    How often do you look for opportunities to approach potential new clients?

  7. 7.

    How do you use data and analytics in your recruitment process?

  8. 8.

    Walk me through your approach when asked to poach a specific executive for your client.

  9. 9.

    Do you have experience leading junior associates and researchers? What skills and characteristics make you a strong leader?

  10. 10.

    Tell me about the most prestigious placement you have made in your executive recruitment career.

  11. 11.

    How do you quickly learn industry terminology for roles that are new to you?

  12. 12.

    In your experience, what is the most challenging part of working with executive-level candidates?

  13. 13.

    You will face very senior professionals in this role. How do you embody poise and professionalism?

  14. 14.

    Walk me through the types of placements you have made as an Executive Recruiter. In which industries are most interested?

  15. 15.

    How do you evaluate the job performance of an executive candidate who is under a non-disclosure agreement?

  16. 16.

    How do you react when you and your client disagree on the quality of a candidate?

  17. 17.

    Do you have experience working with expats?

  18. 18.

    In which ways do you act as a partner and consultant to your esteemed clients?

  19. 19.

    What are your salary expectations?

  20. 20.

    Tell me about your experience making project bids and completing RFPs.

  21. 21.

    Tell me about your experience in pitch preparation and giving presentations to groups of decision makers.

  22. 22.

    How do you contribute as a thought leader in the executive recruitment industry?

  23. 23.

    How do you plan to broaden your consulting skills, and your business development skills over the next 12 months?

  24. 24.

    Executive recruitment requires a lot of high-end selling. Do you have any sales training?

  25. 25.

    When interviewing a candidate, what is the most important question you could ask?

  26. 26.

    When entering a new job, describe how you build relationships with your researchers, principal, and fellow recruiters.

  27. 27.

    Do you consider yourself a persuasive person?

  28. 28.

    Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision without all the information you needed.

  29. 29.

    What do you believe to be the most significant change in recruitment this year?

  30. 30.

    In which industry have you made the most executive placements, this year?