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Finding the best temp candidates to meet employers’ expectations

Posted by Scott Fiore on November 26, 2019

On average, nearly 17 million temporary and contract employees work with America’s staffing companies during the course of a year, according to the American Staffing Association. In Pennsylvania, temporary help came primarily from engineering, IT, and scientific sectors (38%), health care (7%), industrial (17%), administrative and clerical office work (14%), and managerial (12%).

At TriStarr, our clients find that hiring temporary workers can reduce labor costs, unemployment claims, and time. Temps, on the other hand, enjoy the flexibility of short-term assignments that align with their personal schedules and lifestyles.

There are many ways to recruit temporary workers to ensure the best possible fit. Here are a few strategies for recruitment that can lead to finding a temporary worker that exceeds expectations:

  1. Assess soft skills when conducting an interview. Exemplary temporary candidates are cheerful, resourceful, and coachable. They’re also confident. Ask open-ended and anecdotal questions to gauge their abilities beyond what’s on their resume.
  2. Evaluate a candidate’s communication skills. Temporary workers often shift from assignment to assignment and work with many different people and industries. The best temporary workers are adaptable and able to communicate well with employers and employees of all levels. Enthusiasm and a can-do attitude can also have a positive impact on the entire office.
  3. Consider candidates outside of the standard background. Many temp agencies are placing temporary workers from a variety backgrounds, including tech, manufacturing, retail, and food service, in industries where their skills can cross over. These employees are able to adapt their experience to a variety of work assignments.

Need assistance with finding the right candidates when hiring employees?

Since we were founded in 1989, we’ve honed our approach to vetting candidates using our rigorous, six-step candidate evaluation process. We assess knowledge and skills, as well as personality and compatibility, resulting in a high placement success rate and overall employer/employee happiness. This helps us find the most qualified and suitable candidates to ensure a good fit for all involved parties.

Whether you’re in need of temporary administrative staffing or short-term professional and IT staffing services, job recruitment companies like TriStarr provide experienced specialists in fields including finance, technology, human resources, marketing, and sales.

TriStarr is a Lancaster recruitment agency also serving clients in Lebanon, Harrisburg, Hershey, York, and Reading. Contact us online or call us at (717) 560-2111.