The interview process can be nerve wracking. You want to make a good impression and say the right things. Oftentimes though, in concentrating so much on your answers, you forget to make a mental list of your own questions.
We’ve got your problem solved. Here are a list of the questions you need to ask your technical recruiter during the interview process. In following this list, your technical recruiting experience will be much smoother; you won’t have any surprises down the road.
1. What type of relationship options do we have? Corp2Corp? W2? If so, what kind of benefits? 1099?
Ask your recruiter what type of arrangement you and your agency will be working under.
2. Have you done work with this client in the past?
If so, they’ll know the ins and outs of the company and be able to give you reliable insight into its interworkings. You’ll be able to gauge if this is a company you want to work for or not.
3. Do you have many other clients in the area? What kind?
This will give you a read on the agency’s ability to keep you engaged in the kind of work you prefer after your current contract.
4. What is the project I’ll be working on? What are the technologies being used?
You need to know what you’ll be doing everyday and what tools you’ll need. There’s no sense in jumping into a contract just to be fired a week later due to a lack of qualifications.
5. What is the culture at the client site? What is the work/life balance? Are people happy?
Make sure that the atmosphere is what you want. Is it possible to leave early on Friday once in a while? Will you work like a dog, if that’s what you want? Is there a cap to hours?
6. Are there any advancement possibilities? Is it possible within the same client? Can the recruiting firm get me a better position in the future if I prove my worth?
While contractors are expected to come in and do a job, not seek advancements, the reality is that contracting is a great way to gain skills and experience to get that next position.
If you ask these questions, you’ll be well on your way to knowing whether or not this company will be a good fit for you. That being said, remember that no job is perfect. If you’re too picky (i.e.; you won’t take the job unless you get every. single. thing. you want), you’ll have a difficult time coming by a job. Know what is most important to you in a job and what you can do without.
Thanks to Scott McLeod for the use of their photo.