Sometimes, setting boundaries at work can be a difficult task. It may turn out to be more difficult if you’re not used to more annoying kinds of people. One such kind is the always unpleasant, but always the necessary, group of people known as recruiters. If you need a job badly, you’ll probably be inclined to use the services of a recruiter or two.
The really skilled recruiters are incredible advisors and amazing partners that might improve your life in unimaginable ways. They may find you a job in a matter of days. If there are people like this, then why do recruiters get a bad rep? It’s usually because it’s incredibly easy to become a recruiter/search consultant nowadays. This can flood the marked with unskilled, unprofessional people trying to come off as real recruiters.
Thankfully, you’ll be able to spot a bad recruiter in a matter of minutes. In order to increase your chances of landing a new job, we’ve provided you the ultimate arsenal of questions a recruiter shouldn’t even think of asking.
These questions might be the epitome of pushiness and rudeness, things that characterizes unskilled recruiters. In order to make sure your career is in the right hands, put your consultant through this test. Let’s get to the bottom of cooperation etiquette.
1. What are you earning now?
In the corporate world, this is the epitome of popping the question. Obviously, for some people, financial gain is a driving factor for wanting a better job. Even though your current job may have a good workplace dynamic, you might want more. And your consultant should know that.
Your new job should net more money than the previous. But it isn’t a consultant’s job to ask how much you have in your bank account. Many unskilled people ask this at the beginning of the interview, which alienates many potential clients. A professional will simply ask “how much do you expect to earn?” It’s right within the boundaries of professional etiquette.
If you are asked this question, feel free to end the interview immediately. A search consultant has the same professional relationship as a lawyer or any other professional. He or she should only know about things that are necessary to solve the problem, which is finding you a job. Anything else might be a sign of fishy things.
Some companies may even use the number you earn as an excuse to charge more. This is why it’s good to get a referral to an agency through a previous client. A red flag should be the lack of a signified number for services. An hourly or weekly rate is in order, regardless of the position you seek.