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Interview your Legal Recruiter Before They Interview You

October 3, 2009

If you are an attorney looking to make a move in your legal career, you need to be sure that you follow the right path. The first step to finding the perfect career option is to use a legal recruiter that works in your target market. By utilizing a recruiter’s expertise with the legal marketplace in your desired region, coupled with their long list of the “who’s who” in that specific legal community, you increase your chances of obtaining the career you desire.

When you are seeking out a legal recruiter to put to work for your job search, you need to be sure that you choose carefully. Their work can be a significant factor in determining the path of your legal career. How they go about their job search on your behalf is just as crucial as their firm’s connections within the legal community.

During your initial phone conversation with your legal recruiter, take some notes about their process and details to be sure that their legal recruiting firm is the best choice for you. The following questions will give you a tangible perspective as to their ability to best handle your career move.

  • Have you ever practiced as an attorney, and if so, what types of law firms or companies have you worked for?
  • How long have you been working to place attorneys?
  • Does your company specialize in permanent attorney placement or do they do many other things as well? 
  • If your company handles temporary attorney placement as well as permanent, what is the percentage of permanent attorney placement that your firm does?
  • How long has your firm been handling permanent attorney placements?
  • What percentage of the attorney placements that you handle are in my geographical region?
  • Are there any law firms that you do not work with? 
  • How are the clients apportioned at your recruiting firm?  Are you assigned to some clients that you will get a commission for placing me at while other firms or companies are assigned to other recruiters at your firm?
  • Can you tell me some representative law firms and companies where you have placed attorneys over the past three years?
  • Will you be sending out a cover letter with my resume?  If so, may I see what you write in the cover letter?
  • Are you available to speak with and/or meet with me after hours or on weekends?
  • Do you provide assistance with resume writing and the preparation of other submission materials?  If so, is there a charge to me for these services?

The answers to these questions will help you choose the best legal recruiter for your career needs.