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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated January 17th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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How would you make an average candidate appear more attractive to a client?
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As a temp recruiter, you will that find many qualified job seekers look plain terrible on paper. The interviewer would like to know what you do to make a candidate appear more enticing to a client, before sending their resume or profile. Discuss the steps that you take to repackage or coach a candidate, making them easier to place. Express your interest in helping people to find suitable jobs, while also touching on why it's important to represent your agency professionally.
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1.
How would you make an average candidate appear more attractive to a client?
As a temp recruiter, you will that find many qualified job seekers look plain terrible on paper. The interviewer would like to know what you do to make a candidate appear more enticing to a client, before sending their resume or profile. Discuss the steps that you take to repackage or coach a candidate, making them easier to place. Express your interest in helping people to find suitable jobs, while also touching on why it's important to represent your agency professionally.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I often see candidates who can be an excellent match for my client; however, their resume is vague, a total mess, or shows unexplained gaps. It's important to me that I present only the best to my clients so for that reason, I will coach these candidates on how to write a proper resume. Often I will work with them on these documents, ensuring they put their best foot forward."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Too often, I see highly skilled candidates being passed up for opportunities they are qualified to fill. Generally, this happens because the client, or potential employer, cannot see the fit. When presenting a candidate to my client, I will write a profile about them, highlighting the top skills that will benefit the employer, along with the candidates' most significant career wins. By pulling this valuable information out, it helps the client to see where the alignment is between their job description and the candidate's skill set."
2.
What questions do you have for me?
It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Since you are interviewing for a recruiter role, this is an excellent opportunity to show the hiring authority that you have insightful questions! Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the queries you have are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of items you could have found the answers for from merely watching a video on their company site!

Here are some sample questions:

- When would you like to have this position filled?
- How long has this role been vacant?
- Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
- What is your favorite part about working here?
- What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
- Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
- What do you see as the most significant change in this industry over the past three years?
- Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would like to ask if there is anything in my recruitment background on which you need clarification? Also, after discussing everything today, is there any particular reason why I would not be the best fit for this temporary recruiter role?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I appreciate you opening the floor for questions. I am wondering what your timeline is for a decision on this opening? Also, what was the biggest struggle the last recruiter encountered in this role?"
3.
When was the last time you contributed to a team effort and what was your role?
Sometimes a very last minute job order will come in, and you will have to collaborate with your teammates to fill the position in time. The interviewer would like further details on what you consider to be a substantial contribution when you are in a team setting.

Your example can come from a previous role or your current one. You can also draw on experience from your high school or post-secondary education if you are newer to your career. Volunteer experience is a great situation to bring an example from as well. Give the interviewer an idea of what you did to contribute, and be sure to mention any accolades you may have received for your excellent contribution.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I contribute to team efforts on a daily basis, as a bullpen manager. I hold a team huddle every morning, and outline expectations for the day, including my own. I want my team to know that I am also carrying the bulk of the work versus being the type of manager who barks out orders. I am the mentor, the encourager, and the pacesetter in team efforts."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Our admin temp team was struggling when it came to filling a specific land-administration gig for a client. I overheard their struggle and offered to jump in to assist since the energy sector is one of my greater strengths. They agreed to let me join their team for that particular project. It was great fun."
4.
What could your current employer do for you that would have prevented you from looking for a job?
A hiring authority at a recruitment firm will always dig deep to understand your motivation for seeking a new role. After all, staffing and hiring is their forte! Be prepared for challenging questions that will require a thoughtful response. If you regurgitate the same old 'work-life balance' nonsense that most job seekers offer up, you will likely lose to the competition.

There is a multitude of reasons why an employee would want to leave their current job, and the interviewer wants to know that they will not be the next place of employment that you quit. Can they meet your expectations? Talk to the interviewer about your reasons for moving on and what could have prevented you from starting your employment search. Be sure to avoid speaking negatively about your current employer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"What prompted my search was a reduction in hours and a pending lay off in the fall due to lack of business. See, my current agency works only on trucking and transportation roles, so when the driver strike began, our job orders declined as well. I am satisfied with the majority of aspects when it comes to my current position, but it just isn't providing for me financially."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would not say that I am looking solely because of something that my current employer is doing wrong. I have outgrown my role, and there is no opportunity for advancement in sight. I am passively seeking at this time and do want to make a move to a much larger organization, like yours, where opportunities for growth are more readily available."
5.
Are you comfortable being paid on a 100% commission basis?
Many recruiters work on a 100% commission basis; however, not all of them. It's vital that you fully understand the pay structure offered by the recruitment firm, before accepting any job offer.

The interviewer would like to know if you are happy with being paid solely on your performance. Whether the job pays 100% commission or not, may not be the point of this question. Assure the interviewer that you are confident in your ability to be a top performer, regardless of commissions or a comfy base salary. Are you able to work hard and be paid based on your performance alone?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I can assure you that my performance is always top notch and I am comfortable being paid based on my performance. I have earned solely on commission for many years, first as a car salesperson and now as a temp recruiter."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Although I have never worked in a 100% commission environment, I do know that I would perform well, and hit my sales targets, even in the absence of a base salary. I am confident in my ability to be a high performer, either way."
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