Do you know how to help your recruiter help you? After all, she will be representing you to a client. The more your recruiter knows about you, the better the employment match she’ll be able to make. So when you meet, you need to be prepared with specific information and answers to common interview questions. Here’s what you need to know.

Five key preparations for your first staffing agency interview

  • Know what you’re looking for. A staffing agency can set you up with varying types of jobs. So it’s important to know before your interview what you’re looking for. This could include temporary work, temporary-to-permanent work or a permanent placement as a direct hire. Also, think about your career needs and be honest with the recruiter about these: Are you looking for the next step in your career, are you looking to build your resume with a variety of experiences, or are you just looking to find something to earn some income for the time being? The more information you provide, the easier it will be for your recruiter to match you up with something that you will be satisfied with.  
  • Jot down your staffing firm history. If you have worked or are currently working with other recruiters, write down their names—this can help prevent a conflict of interest as your recruiter looks for a position for you.
  • Bring your paperwork. This includes your cover letter and resume. Do the best you can to write your documents based on the type of job you think you’d like. But your recruiter will function as your job coach, and will give you tips to put the polish on your cover letter and resume, depending on the opportunities she finds for you.
  • Practice a few key interview questions. Your recruiter will want to know about your education, job history, strengths and talents. So questions like “Tell me about yourself” and “Why did you decide to go into your field?” are good questions to practice. You can also find lots of practice interview questions online simply by Googling “Common interview questions.” Once you have a list, practice your answers with a friend or family member. Practice makes perfect, and it will help you to be confident and alert during your interview.

Look and act the part

Once you’re ready for your first interview, remember other key interview tips: Get a good night’s sleep the night before, so you’re refreshed and clearheaded. Also, remember to dress just as you would for any other interview—slick and professional! And finally, shake hands with your recruiter and, at the end, thank her for the interview.

In search of a great recruiter?

Then McGrath Systems can help. We place qualified professionals with positions in engineering, IT, light industrial, administration and human resources, with a special focus on licensed insurance agents. If you’re ready to put your interview skills to the test, just contact one of our experienced recruiters today! 

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