Things to do as a Candidate Before Working with a Staffing Agency

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Before:

  • Do some research. What jobs are available with this agency?
  • Be prepared: what type of role and salary are you looking for?
  • Be organized: do you have references? Can you provide their contact information?
  • Be professional: do you have a resume? Update it before you go to the interview
  • Plan ahead: some agencies require similar tests or skill assessments. If you have copies of your results from previous tests or skill assessments, bring them with you to the interview. This could help your application.
  • Find reliable transportation
  • Bring a notepad or note-taker app on your phone
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
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during an interview

During:

  • Dress professionally
  • Make a great first impression by being polite and professional in the waiting room, in the interview, and with everyone you meet.
  • Talk about your skills and experience.
  • Talk about your availability
  • Keep an open mind
  • Think about your transferable skills– skills like public speaking, communication, and organization are great for any position and may help you get a different job from the one you applied for
  • Take any tests or skill assessments offered by the agency (and show them your previous test results if you brought the results with you)
  • Ask the agency for feedback after your interview so you can grow and improve your interview skills
  • If you are offered a position when you go for your interview, ask about the start date

After:

  • If you were not offered a position during the interview, you may receive an offer in the future.
  • Reach out to the agency to follow up.
  • Send a thank you note (or email) to the agency and the person who matched you with the agency.
  • If you don’t hear back from the agency, check in to ask about your application.
  • Keep up your job search
  • Connect with other candidates and learn from their experiences
  • Stay motivated by learning from others hardships in this process… ask and learn from others.
  • Stay positive and don’t give up!
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