If you’re preparing for an interview at a staffing agency, it’s important that you treat it as a real interview that could put you in the position of your dreams. Why, you may ask? The staffing agency that you interview with is going to become your advocate and put you exactly where you need to be to reach your goals; so it’s important that you dress the part.
Every staffing agency wants to help and, like any other prospective employer, they are going to ask many questions to find out about character, experience and work ethic. But there are a couple of different things that recruiters will look for as well.
4 Interview Tips from a Staffing Agency
1. Do you know what you want?
Staffing agencies deal with so many different opportunities, ranging from full-time to holiday gigs. If you can define exactly what kind of work you are looking for, it makes the recruiter’s job a lot easier. Are you looking for something to pay the bills or venturing into a new field? Be clear about your goals and recruiters will do their best to put you on the right path.
2. Do you understand your own abilities and weaknesses?
All job seekers have been asked the vulnerable question, “What are your greatest weaknesses?” As important as it is to be able to take pride in your strengths, it’s also important that you have the ability to understand your mistakes and learn from them. This self-analysis lets recruiters see how you value yourself.
3. Are you honest about what is on your resume?
Recruiters have a knack for asking the tough questions, and making you prove the answers. If you say that you have expert computer knowledge, it’s possible that you will be tested on it during the interview. Be honest about your skills and level of expertise.
4. Are you prepared to work right away?
Every staffing agency will ask for your ID as well as a completed W-2 form and your resume. Be prepared with these documents, in addition to anything else they ask you to bring. It’s possible they could have something for you right away, and you want to be ready to work tomorrow.
These are just a few tips from recruiters that will help you succeed in your job search. What other suggestions do you have?
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