Don't Expect Career Coaching   不要期望职业辅导

The recruiter's goal is not to help you get a job. It's to help you navigate the hiring process at one specific company.

Recruiters aren't career coaches. It's not appropriate to ask them to help you craft your cover letter, edit your resume or plan your career path.

You can ask questions about the company or industry in general, but try to relate your questions to the job you're being considered for. And save your best, most thoughtful questions for the hiring manager -- that's who you need to impress most.

Don't Ask for Insider Information  不要询问公司内部信息

There's only one job candidate you really need to worry about: You.

Though it may be hard to resist, don't ask about who you're up against for a job. Recruiters generally won't share information about other candidates. And asking for specific details about the competition makes you look insecure in your own skills.

However, questions about the hiring process or the position itself are fair game. Here are a few questions you can feel comfortable asking:

1) Are you still interviewing candidates?

2) How large is the current pool of candidates?

3) How would you describe the ideal candidate for the job?

4) Is there anything I can do to make myself a stronger candidate?

The best way to get an edge on the competition? Make yourself a more competitive candidate.

Don't Request Special Treatment  不要要求特殊的待遇

Although you may wish you were, you're probably not the only candidate for the job.

And, while recruiters are often happy to help, their aim is not to be your advocate to the hiring manager. Their aim is to fill a position.

Never ask a recruiter to put in a good word for you with the hiring manager. If they think you're a strong candidate, they'll probably sing your praises anyway.

Also, don't ask them to relay a message to the hiring manager for you. Instead of saying, "Tell So-and-So it was very nice to meet him ...," send a thank you note.

Taking the initiative and speaking for yourself shows the hiring manager that you're capable, confident and conscientious.

Remember, if you treat the recruiter well, chances are they'll treat you the same way.