How to Pass a 20 Minute Phone Interview with a Recruiter or Headhunter



In this video, learn how to answer common questions you can expect to get asked from a recruiter or a head hunter during a 20 minute phone interview. Recruiters have very specific interview questions they ask to pre-qualify you for a face to face or in person interview with a hiring manager.

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Now, when you can't call from a recruiter; you might even want to ask them if, “Are you a third-party recruiter or are you an internal recruiter?” This will let you know who you're dealing with and that information may or may not be valuable to you.
Now, your initial recruiting interview is probably going to last about 20 minutes; it's just totally pre-qualification. And what they want to do is they want to drill down into your situation to see if you are a good enough match.
And some of the questions that they're going to ask you, I'm going to teach you how to answer and I'll tell you what they're looking for because that's really important.
One of the things they're going to ask you is, “Tell me about your situation.” Which means they're going to want to know about what you're doing right now; what kind of work are you doing? Are you happy doing that work? They're going to ask you what your time frame is. How soon do you want to get out of where you're at? They're also going to ask you what type of compensation are you seeking? And they're also going to dig into, you know, what do you like about this place and what don't you like and why do you want to leave? And the big question; what are you looking for?
You see, if you're just looking for a lateral move, just to get out of where you're at, they're probably not going to be interested in you. A recruiter is going to be looking for somebody who wants to advance their career. They're going to be looking for people who want to make a jump in salary.
So, if you're just, you know, let's say you're making $100 thousand and this position that they're looking for maybe only pays 105 thousand; that's not a very big difference in salary. So, they're probably not even going to want to consider you; unless you're looking for a much larger job.
So, let's say you're making $80 thousand a year and this position pays 100 thousand; that’s the type of jump they're looking for. They're looking for people who want more; where this position represents a huge advancement for them, not a tiny advancement.
They're not going to be interested you if it's a tiny advancement because it's more of a lateral move for you, which means in their eyes, if they hire you and you move in there, yeah, you'd be happy for six months or a year and then you're out; because it's not a big enough jump. It’s not a big enough jump in salary. It's not a big enough jump in responsibility.
So, when you have a call with the recruiter, try to get an idea of where they're at in salary. And like I said, if they're at 100 thousand and you're at 100 thousand/ 105, probably not going to be interested in you because that's a lateral move.
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