Temps

Temp jobs – How to succeed in the interview

If a role you are applying for is temporary, then you may be tempted not to take the interview as seriously as you would when applying for a permanent role. This is not the best approach, at all.

Even if you are only going to be working for a company for three months or so, you still need to do your homework and find out a little about them. Interviewers will expect you to be armed with knowledge about whomever you are going to be working for.

You also need to understand fully what is going to be expected of you when you (hopefully) undertake the role.

Questions, questions, questions

The best way to demonstrate your interest in the role you are going for is to ask questions. Make sure you have at least three questions pre-prepared that you can ask in the interview – when you are asked ‘do you have any questions’ the last thing you are going to want to appear is flummoxed.

It helps if you keep your questions general yet pertinent. You could ask about the team you will be joining or anything important you’d need to know about the daily aspects of your role.

Demonstrate your abilities

As a temporary worker, you will be expected to hit the ground running. You will not be given extensive training, or given time to learn ‘on the job’. Therefore, in your interview, you will be given task-based exercises or examples, and you will be expected to provide evidence of how you can deal with them.

When you apply for a temporary role, you will likely be in competition with several other candidates – however, the person chosen for the role will not be selected for their ability to ‘best fit’ into the company. Instead, the person chosen will be the one with the skills and experience needed to perform what is expected of them as successfully as possible and as quickly as possible. You will need to show that you have the necessary skills and abilities.

Show your commitment

In truth, companies generally prefer to hire people who they feel they will be able to rely upon for a lengthy spell. They do not like to hire people who they fear may do a ‘midnight flit’ a couple of weeks down the line.

Therefore you need to show that you’re ‘in it for the long haul’. Make sure that you do not create the impression that this temporary role is simply a ‘stop-gap’ measure to tide you over while you search for a permanent job.

Finish positively

Always end by creating the impression that you’ve enjoyed the interview and have been excited by what you have heard. If you’ve ticked all the expected boxes you might even be offered the role there and then – you’d be surprised at how many temporary job interviews end this way!

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