Temporary Job Interviews

Temporary Job Interviews: Best Questions And Answers

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Temporary hiring is in — and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.

CareerBuilder reports more than half of employers plan to hire temporary workers throughout the year, with two-thirds of those companies eyeing long-term placement.

With such a high percentage of companies turning to temp work, it’s important for recruiters to know how to distinguish reliable candidates for these roles. We’ve put together some questions for you to try during your temporary job interviews:

“Why do you think this job would be a good fit for you?”

Recruiters should look for candidates who are open to new experiences, quick to adjust and eager to grow. Showing an interest in the industry or being willing to learn will help differentiate a so-so candidate from a superstar.

A good answer: “I am transitioning back into the workplace and am looking for a few temporary placements to help me learn more about specific career opportunities. I hope with more experience, I can figure out where I want to focus my job search.”

“How easily do you adjust to new work environments?”

Two of the most important characteristics recruiters should watch for when hiring temporary workers are adaptability and initiative. A good candidate will be able to adapt to new environments and be enthusiastic about your company culture.

A good answer: “In my past professional experience, I have worked with several organizations that all had unique structures. I think this experience has given me the ability to adapt quickly to new work environments.”

“If a permanent position became available, would you be interested?”

A candidate doesn’t necessarily need to have full-time ambitions with your organization to be a good temporary employee. For some, temp work is the only thing that fits with their schedule — but for others, a foot in the door to a full-time career is exactly what they’re after. Determining the motives of your candidate will help you evaluate your own staffing goals.

A good answer“My decision would depend on where I was working as a temporary employee. Right now, I enjoy the flexibly of temp work; however, I wouldn’t necessarily rule out a more permanent position should it become available.”

The Bottom Line

When interviewing temporary employees, make sure skills and experience align closely with what your organization needs. With temporary work, candidates have a short time to prove their worth and meet set goals, so it’s important to evaluate early to make sure they’re the right fit.

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