We want to learn about you!
Being interviewed by a Staffing Specialist at a staffing or recruitment agency is different than an interview with a Staffing Specialist for an internal position at their company. As a ‘candidate’, you are sometimes interviewed for a particular position, and other times you are interviewed generally for multiple positions that you may be suitable for. Sometimes I want to interview you before a position even exists, so that we can expedite the hiring process and find you a position that is perfect for your skillset, your personality, and your lifestyle.
What do we call you?
“Candidate” and “client” are the terms we use to distinguish between the people who we are finding jobs for and the people paying us to find them new staff. Agencies offer a free service to candidates to help them find jobs, and clients are the companies who provide us with the job openings. Remember that your Staffing Specialist does his or her best to find you your dream job, but clients have the final say in who they hire.
What are you interested in?
Many candidates have an interest in pursuing different job titles. For example, a person interested in warehouse work may have experience in shipping and receiving, production line, and inventory management – three very different areas of a warehouse. Agencies want to know about all your marketable attributes so that we can be as flexible in finding you a great job as you are when searching on Indeed and other platforms. I will always ask candidates what types of jobs they are interested in. Often people ask what I mean by that. What I mean is, when you are on the online performing a job search, what are the titles you search? This allows me to gauge the type of work that you may find fulfilling.
What are your wants and what are your needs?
The more detail I have about you, the better. Tell me ‘must-haves’ for your new position and also tell me the ‘nice-to-haves’. What details must a job have for you to accept it, and what other characteristics would be a bonus. For example, a ‘must-have’ would be that it is transit accessible if you use public transportation and do not drive. A ‘nice-to-have’ would be that you would prefer a location in the Northeast because you live in Saddleridge – the job does not HAVE TO be in Saddleridge, but it sure would be nice.
Is this important?
It is very important for you to disclose as much information to me about your current job-hunting situation so that I can assist you better. If I am aware you have some interviews next week with other companies, I will factor that in so as to accompany you in reaching your goals. I want what is best for you, and I appreciate when you inform me of other opportunities you may be considering. This information is pertinent because it hurts the relationship I have with my client if you accept the offer my client gives you, but then you turn it down because of a different position you were pursuing outside of our agency. A way to manage this is to be open with me. I will always be open with you regarding feedback, job opportunities, and ways you can improve in the future. If this relationship is reciprocated rather than one-side having more knowledge of the situation, you and I have a better chance for success as we work together.
Be upfront with me
Being honest and direct with me will only have positive effects. If you cannot accept a position or simply do not want to accept a position, tell me why so I have that feedback in my records and I will be able to take this into consideration going forward. As well, if you cannot make it to an interview or an assignment, I need as much notice as possible and I always need to know. There is no situation where a ‘no-show’ is acceptable.
Everybody gets sick
When personal matters come into play, communication is important. If a family member has passed away, let me know so I can advise my clients better about when you may be back at work. If you have gone through a break up and are not in a good emotional situation to go to work, let me know so you and I can decide the best course of action for you to continue your employment.
Remember, I will only disclose to my clients the information you want me to. If you are uncomfortable with them knowing particular details of your life, you just need to inform me of this.
Wing it, or rehearse it?
Rehearsing before an interview is a great way for you to practice the answers you may expect a Staffing Specialist to ask you. At an agency, we appreciate the rehearsed answers, but we also appreciate seeing the real you. I want to know who you really are – what you are like in a more casual setting once you’ve become acquainted with your colleagues.
Check-in with me
It’s good to update your agency on your availability once every week or two. This is something we keep track of so that we know who we can call when a job becomes available. A simple e-mail or phone call saying that you are “checking-in” will suffice. It is not necessary to call us many times in a day – once a week is fine.
Ask me anything you want. If you want resume advice, I’ll gladly give you my input. Every Staffing Specialist is unique to his or her own special backgrounds and experiences, so Staffing Specialists will always provide you with different opinions. Every Staffing Specialist will provide you with different advice because recruiting is very subjective – it is not a science and there are no calculations that tell us who the best person for each position is.