As you apply online in various firms so that you get placed and land your dream job, you might also come across a lot of recruiters (genuine) who may call you to know more about you. You have to show that you mean ‘serious business’ and talk sense. Before you start answering to their questions, these are the top 5 questions to ask a recruiter :

1) How did you get to know about me?

(Ask for the source from where your resume was shortlisted – it can be a friend or through online portals. Although recruiters may not give you a solid answer but before you initiate the talk, you need to know from where you have got the lucky call)

2) Can you tell me about the company?

(Although you might have applied online for the job after going through the company details, there are still chances that the information you think is correct may not be accurate. Hence, it is advisable that you get to know the vital information from the recruiter)

3) What is the qualification required for the job?

(Many a times, you might have created a resume many months/a year ago, which may not have what you have achieved recently like “Studying Final year” becomes “Completed graduation” or any add-on internship/courses you pursued during job hunt. At times, even employers may consider you a graduate who can join immediately but you still might be in final year and may have applied thinking you would join once you pass the exams. Hence, you need to clearly ask what are the main qualifications required for the job vacancy.)

4) What is the job about? /Job description?/Job responsibilities

(The job titles may look fancy but you may really have no idea what you have to do in it. Frankly ask the recruiter in a genuine manner to give you details about your work profile and if training would be provided or they are looking for experienced professionals in the field.)

5) What is the compensation package? / What is the interview process?

(On phone interview, recruiters call just to shortlist you after seeing your resume and also check your communication skills and confidence. Asking a question like what would be the pay may be a turnoff but if you may ask it in general what can be the expected or approx compensation provided to freshers in your company. Or even asking what would be the further interview process can help you to understand the company’s rules and regulations.)


N.B. As soon as you get a call, make it a point to note down the information shared by the recruiter on a piece of paper .

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