Permanent Staffing Recruiter Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Permanent Staffing Recruiter interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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How many permanent placements did you make last year?

The interviewer wants an idea of the work volume you have handled in the past. If you made only three placements in a year, that likely means you are a slow Permanent Recruiter and are not used to working in a fast-paced environment. The average Permanent Recruiter will place around a dozen or more candidates per quarter or nearly 50 per year. If you work for a boutique firm, that number may be less. Discuss with the interviewer how many permanent job placements you are accustomed to making while highlighting the fact that you are a high performer.

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30 Permanent Staffing Recruiter Interview Questions & Answers

  • Accomplishment

    1. How many permanent placements did you make last year?

  • Behavioral

    2. How do you treat candidates not selected for the job? Walk me through your process.

  • Career Goals

    3. What does the term personal branding mean to you? Are you satisfied with your personal brand?

  • Common

    4. What questions do you have for me?

  • Communication

    5. What would you do if a client asked something unethical of you?

  • Communication

    6. How do you maintain relationships with your clients?

  • Compatibility

    7. Talented recruiters are entrepreneurial. Give me an example of how you have embraced an entrepreneurial mindset.

  • Competency

    8. How do you use social media and other online tools in your recruitment process?

  • Competency

    9. Talk to me about your level of proficiency with LinkedIn Recruiter.

  • Competency

    10. What are your top 3 most important activities as a recruiter?

  • Creative Thinking

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

  • Creative Thinking

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

  • Customer Service

    13. How do you help your clients to make sound hiring decisions?

  • Diligence

    14. As a perm recruiter, which publications and resources do you turn to the most?

  • Diligence

    15. How do you properly vet potential new clients? Is it necessary to you to that your clients are ethical, or will you take any job order?

  • Diligence

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

  • Experience

    17. In which industry are you best versed, when it comes to permanent staffing needs?

  • Experience

    18. Do you have experience using an ATS? Which applicant tracking systems do you know best?

  • Experience

    19. Recruitment requires a lot of selling. Do you have any sales training?

  • Experience

    20. Do you have experience guiding candidates through job offer negotiations?

  • Experience

    21. Do you have experience writing resumes, and coaching candidates on how to best present themselves to a client?

  • Experience

    22. Tell me three details a recruiter should never include in a job posting.

  • Experience

    23. What does the term attrition mean, and what are the biggest causes of employee attrition rates?

  • Experience

    24. Walk me through the types of placements you have made in your recruitment career. In which industries are most interested?

  • Experience

    25. What is the most critical area of training for a new recruiter?

  • Experience

    26. Are you accustomed to working in a bullpen environment or do you have a personal office?

  • Performance

    27. How is your recruitment performance measured in your current role?

  • Problem Solving

    28. If you had a highly skilled candidate, but their appearance was terrible, would you present them to your client?

  • Salary

    29. Are you comfortable being paid on a 100% commission basis?

  • Scenario Based

    30. What steps would you take if your newly placed candidate quit without notice?