6 Questions to Ask Recruiters So You Get the Job You Really Want

When it comes to the typical job hunt, we all think we understand what should be on the average to-do list. For starters, we know to have a well-defined résumé and an error-free cover letter. It also helps if we've practiced our interview answers and even picked out an office-appropriate outfit. But as much as we overthink our previous work history and the strength of our handshake, there's one detail we may not pay enough attention to at all: impressing a recruiter.

Like the guard at the gate of a castle, a recruiter is the first shield of a secure paycheck—the initial decision maker of who gets to meet with a hiring manager and who doesn't. And while there are plenty of factors that go into receiving a job offer, failing to impress the position's recruiter will never reveal those crucial details. So to get a better insight into how to approach this acquaintance, we asked Los Angeles–based recruiter Alexander Tucker for his advice.

Although Tucker works in the light industrial and skill trade industry, his tips on what to ask can help any job seeker get past a posting's first hurdle.