Jul 31, 2019 - 01:12 PM
Recruiters often have a direct line of communication with the hiring manager, so they can provide a better understanding of the company and the type of candidate the hiring manager would be interested in pursuing.
In addition to speaking with the recruiter, you should also undertake self-directed research to find out as much about the company as you can. Look up its competitors, market position, and any articles that will provide you an understanding of their plans for growth. If possible, see if you can speak with people internally (apart from the hiring manager) who can provide you with a better understanding of the company’s inner workings.
In particular, working with a recruiter can make the process easier on the candidate because you will likely ask questions of the recruiter that you might feel initially uncomfortable about asking the hiring manager, including information pertaining to benefits, vacation and sick days, and of course, as previously mentioned, salary. A good recruiter will be able to balance the relationship with their client (the hiring company) and their applicants to make sure that a successful match is made. If you are working with a recruiter, that is the person to ask key questions throughout the process.