If you have never worked with a recruiter before, you may be wondering what specific questions you should ask regarding your job search. A recruiter’s job is to help a candidate as much as possible by providing insight into a potential employer and the job opening. Both recruiters and candidates strive to achieve the same outcome; getting you a job! Recruiters not only connect you with employers and opportunities, but they also provide job search advice, review and edit your resumes/cover letter, and share interview tips and specifics that employers are seeking.
I asked our experienced JOHNLEONARD Temporary and Direct-Hire Recruiters to answer common questions they get asked day-to-day from the candidates they are working with who are seeking temporary assignments or looking for a direct hire job opportunity.
Q. What is a realistic time frame for a temp-to-hire position?
A. On average, the time frame to transition from a temporary to direct-hire job is about 3 to 6 months. This time frame, of course, can be shorter or longer depending on the organization’s needs.
Q. How to answer “why are you interested in temporary work?” in an interview
A. Congratulations you have landed an interview! My advice when answering this question is to mention how temporary assignments enable you to gain experiences you would not be able to gain elsewhere. Temporary work also allows you to stay busy when in-between jobs, this way you are able to prevent employment gaps on your resume.
Q. What type of research should I do prior to an interview?
A. Familiarize yourself with the organization as much as possible. This includes researching the company’s website and social media platforms so you are able to understand the company’s culture, mission, and goals. Get familiar with the people who work there and what their roles are within the company.
Research who the interviewer is and review their LinkedIn profile or their bio on the company website. The more information you have on the company, the person you are interviewing with, and the position you are interviewing for, the better prepared you will be.
Q. What are the benefits of temping?
A. The main benefits of temping is that you are able to find work immediately and get paid quickly. Temporary work also allows you to get your foot in the door to top organizations and expand your network within the company. Or, if you are uncertain of your career path, temporary work gives you the opportunity to experience different industries and companies that you may not have been exposed to before.
Q. What if I do not have the exact experience an employer is looking for?
A. If you do not have the exact experience or requirements an employer is looking for, you want to be sure to highlight the transferable skills that you do have. Emphasize that you are a quick learner and your desire to learn as well as, your willingness to take on new responsibilities. Give examples of how you previously learned new skills you were unfamiliar with and how you were able to quickly gain them.
Q. How can I stand out from other candidates?
A. Having confidence in an interview is one of the main ways you are able to stand out from others. This includes maintaining eye contact, showing up on time, dressing professionally, and being properly prepared for the interview and questions they may ask. You should also explain your past experiences, including all your strengths, and how this relates to the position you are interviewing for. Instead of just listing your skills, give real examples of your strengths to give the interviewer a better picture of what you can bring to their company.
When talking to a recruiter, take advantage of the time to ask any questions you may have and gather all the information you need. Remember, recruiters have your best interest in mind and want to help you succeed in finding an opportunity and company you love. They will help connect you to opportunities but also, help assist you in your job search and make you a stronger job candidate. To avail of JOHNLEONARD’s free services and to get in touch with one of our recruiters, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-423-6800.
For more career advice, subscribe to The JOHNLEONARD Blog!