When you schedule an interview with a staffing agency, you probably have a lot of questions about what the process will be like, especially if you have never worked with a staffing or recruiting firm before. Here is what to expect and how to prepare for a staffing agency interview.
Treat It Like A Regular Job Interview
An interview with a staffing company will be a little bit different than an interview at a company in that the recruiter will be evaluating you for a host of potential opportunities. They may also put you through some skills testing so that they can show potential employers that you are able to meet specific job requirements.
You want to make a fantastic first impression, so dress professionally and bring your A-game, just as you would to any other job interview. Practice answering common interview questions and bring a list of questions you have for the recruiter.
Be Prepared To Get Somewhat Personal
No, you won’t be talking about your personal life, but your recruiter does need to know all about you and what exactly you are looking for. So while you want to speak and act professionally throughout the interview, you can be a little more candid that you might be in a “typical” interview.
Be upfront and honest about your expectations for pay, the shifts you prefer to work, the length you are willing to commute, the environments you thrive in, etc. Remember, in order for the recruiter to find you the right opportunities, they need to be clear on what you are looking for.
What Comes Next?
After your interview is complete and you’ve completed any and all required skills tests, the firm may ask you for your professional references and your consent to do background screens and/or drug tests. Once all of those things come back clear, you will be ready to be presented to potential employers.
If you are searching for a full-time job or a temporary-to-hire job, the recruiter will facilitate interviews with their client company. If you are searching for temporary jobs, you may have to interview with the companies or you may simply be given an offer and a start date. Your recruiter is there to answer any questions you have throughout the process so don’t be afraid to speak up.
If you aren’t getting calls for jobs or interviews from the staffing firm, it is important to keep in touch with your recruiter and update them if anything on your resume changes or if your job search status changes. The right opportunity might not be available today, but it could be waiting right around the corner.