Interview Questions for Mentors

Our first phone conversation on January 29th with a Recruiter and a chosen job seeker was a success! We have documented the amount of impact the volunteer has made in just a 30 minute conversation.

Wow, you really gave me some great, practical advice that I can put into practice right away. Thank you so much! Your advice made sense to me and clarified a lot. It reduced the “noise”. You made a real impact on my life and I will implement your advice, Thank you very much.

We have decided to collect the questions we have gathered so far which will help job seekers decide what they really need help on from our Career Advisors.

To ask a Recruiter

  • What are some attributes you look for in a candidate?
  • What kind of advice would you give for someone who has been out of the labor force for a long period of time?
  • What kind of supplemental professional/educational development do you see as valuable?
  • How can I improve my chances of getting the job?
  • What can I do right now to get started on my career path?
  • How do I branch out to people to meet mentors and professionals in your field?
  • How much should your resume reflect ALL of your experiences versus the ones most appropriate / relevant to the job?
  • What’s the best thing to do when a recruiter reaches out to you?  What questions should I be asking them? I try to be responsive and prompt. Does that make me seem desperate?
  • How do I find a good recruiter, headhunter or executive search company?  How is working with a recruiter versus an executive search company different, if at all?
  • How long should I wait until I send a follow up email after the call with a recruiter?
  • How do I balance showing my experience and not raise any red flags associated with age?
  • How do I best look for jobs in cities where I am not currently living in but interested in?
  • Is there a difference in how to reach out & handle interactions with the employer between East Coast and West Coast?  Tech versus non-tech industries?
  • How do I best reach out to professional colleagues and acquaintances without seeming desperate or damaging my standing in the industry?
  • Any parting words of wisdom you can offer people job hunting in 2015?