Questions to Ask During an Intake Meeting

As you prepare to help a hiring manager find a candidate, it is important to understand what their needs are. Getting the fundamentals wrong can lead to embarrassing and costly hiring mistakes. That being said, not only do recruiters need to ask a lot of questions. They need to know which questions to ask.  As well as, when and how to ask them.  Asking the right questions during an intake meeting will help you gain the trust of the hiring manager and hire the right candidate.

Below are some questions that you should ask during an intake meeting.

Intake Meeting Question #1: What qualifications and skills are needed for the job?

Be sure to differentiate between technical skills (i.e. hands-on experience) and soft skills (i.e. communication skills). When discussing skills, ask for detailed examples to create a concrete definition. If they are looking for strong communication skills, find out what strong communication skills mean to them.  Why are strong communication skills important for their company? How does having strong communication skills effect productivity?   The goal is to determine which skills are imperative versus just nice-to-have.

Intake Meeting Question #2: In the simplest terms possible, can you explain the role of this position?

This question can help you quickly understand the needs of your hiring manager. It also helps the hiring manager to break down their expectations into easy to understand expectations for prospective employees.

Intake Meeting Question #3: What problems will this position solve?

By asking about the issues that this position will focus on, you can identify skills that candidates needs to be successful.  It can also help to weed out candidates that may be lacking in these areas.

Intake Meeting Question #4: How does this role fit into the Organization’s overall mission?

This question adds additional purpose to the role.

Intake Meeting Question #5: What makes this role exciting?

If you can figure out the details that will make people want to keep coming into the office and being a productive team member, it can also help your outreach and ability to find the best candidates for the position. Employees are not simply looking for a paycheck; they want to make a difference where they work.

If you follow this guidance, you can help the hiring manager succeed in their mission, and find the best employee for their organization.