Questions for Recruiters
You have just waited in line to speak to a recruiter. What do you say when it’s your turn? First, you give the recruiter your resume and let them look it over. You know the recruiter is ready when they look up at you. It takes me about 10-15 seconds to size up a resume. As a recruiter I am going to ask you a few questions about what kind of work you want to do. You need to have some ideas about what kinds of jobs are available in your Engineering Major. Your responses to the recruiter’s questions may determine whether you get an interview with the company.
Should I ask my own questions?
As students, you should also ask some questions. For example, you can always start with, “What are you looking for on my resume?” And, “What courses are important for me to take for your company?” When I am asked this question at the university where I recruit, I tell the students the four most important courses for jobs at our company. Companies often do research jointly with the universities and have special relationships with specific professors. A good question to ask is, “Are there any specific Professors that you know that I should do research with and any research topics that are currently important for your company now?” Your questions may be just as important as the recruiter’s questions toward getting an interview.