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What Questions Should I Ask A Law Firm Recruiter?

by Marie Caldwell

Law firms are often hiring new attorneys with the help of recruiters. The recruiter is trying to find the right candidates, but you also need to find the right recruiter. That means asking the recruiter the right questions.

What Types of Firms Do They Work With?

A good way to get started on your search is to find out what types of firms recruiters work with. A lot of times, recruiters only work with certain types of law firms. If you're looking to work in a type of law firm the recruiter doesn't work with, they won't be able to help you. You can also check their website or LinkedIn profile to see if they have any specialties.

How Much Experience Does the Candidate Need? 

You'll also want to make sure the recruiter has jobs that match your experience. Some work with all levels of experience, while others specialize in either new or experienced hires. The recruiter will probably ask you about your experience eventually, but getting to the point can help you save time.

How Many Jobs Are There?

Another thing that you want to know before contacting a recruiter is how many jobs there are available at the firm. This will give you an idea of whether it's worth your while to contact them. It might not make sense to spend your time searching when there are few openings or if they're only collecting resumes in case of a possible future opening. The more jobs available, the better chance you'll have of getting hired.

What Is The Process?

The next step after finding out about the number of positions available is to figure out what the process is like. Some recruiters may post jobs online and then just wait around until someone applies. Others may send emails to people who apply directly through their websites. Either way, you need to understand what the process is so you don't waste your time applying for something that isn't going to happen.

Do They Have References Available?

Just like you might be asked for references while you're searching for jobs, you might also want to talk to a recruiter's references. You can usually find this information by looking up the recruiter on Google or checking their LinkedIn page. If you can't find anything, you can always email them.

To learn more about what to ask a law firm recruiter, talk to an attorney recruiter today.