As rec2rec's, we understand your anxiety over navigating the interview process for trainee recruitment interviews. The interview process can be intimidating, and we are frequently asked what questions might come up. While all interviews and companies are different, it can help ease nerves if you have a rough idea of what common recruitment questions might be worth preparing for.
So our Navado rec2rec team gathered some of the more familiar graduate and trainee recruitment consultant interview questions to give you the edge and help make your experience more relaxed. With our helpful list as your guide, you'll be more confident for your interview and well on your way to your next trainee recruitment job!
The Common Questions!
The first set of trainee recruitment interview questions to start us off are the most common. No matter what business you apply for, the following questions are likely to pop up as every recruitment company wants to know if you genuinely understand recruitment and why you want to do this specific job. So, get a good understanding of what a job in recruitment really involves and why a career as a recruiter is a good move for you; the answers will then come naturally..
Why are you looking to get into recruitment?
Why do you think you'll be good at recruitment?
What are your primary motivators?
What do you think it takes to be successful in recruitment?
What do you know about our company?
Why do you want to work for our company?
What drives you to be successful?
What short-term, medium- and long-term goals do you have for yourself over the next 10 years? These can be a mixture of financial, personal and career goals.
The ‘Give an Example’ Questions
The following style of questions are ones we see frequently. They are real-life example questions. For these, it's worth thinking about the skills required in recruitment and then jotting down your real-life examples of how you've demonstrated them. Find what skills recruiters need from the blog 'Trainee Recruitment Consultant Job Description'
Can you tell me a time when you have had to show resilience?"
Tell me about a time you had to work towards a target.
How competitive are you on a scale of 1-10? And what example can you give to back this up?
What are your strengths and weaknesses? Can you give examples of these?
The Challenging Questions
Your company fit will be just as crucial to a business owner as how good they think you'll be at recruitment. For these recruitment interview questions, you'll need to understand the business you are applying to and what personality they are looking for. Preparing for these is more challenging as you want to be true to yourself and portray your personal brand in its best light.
How would your friends describe you?
Talk to me about somebody that inspires you and why!
What areas are you looking to self-develop?
What does success look like to you?
What causes you stress and why?
What song would you put on your Spotify playlist and why?
The Questions to Ask
Remember, you should be aware of the potential questions that could be asked and have your responses ready, but equally, you should also have a list of questions you can ask the interviewer. Asking thoughtful questions shows that you are knowledgeable in the industry and have done your research. Good questions reflect your level of interest in the role, demonstrate genuine curiosity about what's going on at the company, and help you decide if it's a place where you'd like to work. Having a solid set of questions ready shows that you are organized, determined, and serious about pursuing a career in recruitment. Here are 3 for you as a starter!
"What would be expected of me in the first year in the role?"
"What training will I receive?"
"What tips would you give to a graduate starting out in recruitment?"
Now that you know what questions to expect in a trainee recruiter interview, go forth and land that job! If you found this helpful and want more tips like these, contact one of our team members. We’re always happy to help and we might be able to guide you to an appropriate interview for your skills. Best of luck on your journey to becoming a trainee recruiter; it’s a career choice you won’t regret– and we hope this article helped equip you with the tools necessary for success!