I would like to ask whether it is generally considered OK to call the HR department of a company to ask for further details regarding a job post (not a job application). I work in the Civil Engineering sector.
I am currently looking for new opportunities in the Netherlands. Unlike in the US the job posts often have a number listed for the HR department and something along the lines of:
"Please send your letter of motivation and CV to ... or contact HR via ..."
Since I am not an EU citizen I have taken on a habit of calling these numbers before I even try to apply and asking a number of questions:
- Is the job open to non-EU citizens?
- How important is mastery of Dutch language for that particular position?
- Further questions if the job description is unclear on technical level.
I never try to place myself or discuss my personal eligibility directly or whether I am a good candidate. I try to frame these questions as generally as possible and even avoid giving my name or the contents of my CV. Of course I am not seeking to interfere with their hiring process. Rather I am trying to assess beforehand if me applying is worth the time and effort. I would like to avoid spending hours on an application for which I will be immediately eliminated for one of the above reasons.
So far I have not gotten any negative responses to these "cold" calls, but I do wonder whether I am putting them on the spot because I would like to avoid doing that.