Usually the initial contact is at the place of work. This is often only a short phone call in which the Searcher (the person doing the initial search and contact) gives a brief description of the position to be filled. It is important, not to immediately say “no” here. If you close the door to opportunity, you may never know what might have developed.
An interview appointment is scheduled. Consultant and candidate meet and exchange further information. It is helpful if a CV is brought along or mailed ahead of time. Don’t ask “Who recommended me?” The Consultant won´t tell. If both sides remain interested after the interview the next step is an interview at the hiring company.
If you haven´t heard from the consultant for some time after the interview, it is OK to contact him to ask where the project stands.