The Big Q: Why do recruiters ask how my job search is going?Posted almost 5 years ago by Client Server

Q : I'm a senior software developer, so I've dealt with my fair share of recruiters over the years. One thing I've always been suspicious of is why you guys ask about the status of my job hunt?

A : As an experienced software developer, there's no doubt you hear from a lot of recruiters. We're in a "candidate-driven market," meaning you don't have to push the boat out far to find your next opportunity.

With your skills in such high demand, it's only natural that we would ask about how your job search is going. There are a number of reasons for this, but here's a common example:

You've been offered a role but haven't accepted it yet. If you've made it so far, and you're still interested in the role and company, we would want to know what other roles or counter-offers could be factors in your decision.

The fact you've been offered a role means the company wants you. They're relying on us to liaise with you and give them a complete picture of your position. Unless we know what you're considering, we can't do that. It's about making sure we're all on the same page.