Working with a staffing or recruiting agency to obtain a job can be different than working directly with a company. You may be applying for a specific advertised position or working with the agency to help you find a job. Either way, it’s important to remember that the recruiter working with you is a gatekeeper for many companies looking to hire talented individuals but they are also your best advocate. We want all candidates to have a successful interview process, so we’ve put together a list of tips to help!
Applying for an office or business related position? How about one that centers around manual labor or working outdoors? Regardless of the industry in which you hope to work, it’s important to dress appropriately for a job interview with a staffing agency. Here are a few basic rules to follow:
- Avoid wearing jeans, shorts, t-shirts, tennis shoes, sandals/flip-flops, hats or any items with messages or brands displayed on them.
- When in doubt, choose your most conservative option. Black, navy and grey are good options for color.
- Women should avoid large jewelry, high heels and short skirts.
- Make sure your clothes are wrinkle-free and that your hair is neatly styled.
Find out well in advance the location of your interview. If possible, drive to the location a few days before your interview to familiarize yourself with the route. This will also help you calm any nerves or fears about getting lost. Also, leave early to avoid any delays due to road construction or traffic. Arrive on location 5-10 minutes before your scheduled interview. Use this time to collect your thoughts and prepare for the time ahead.
Arrive with multiple copies of your resume, cover letter and references. You may be meeting with different individuals who will want to keep a copy of the materials you bring and running out could send a poor message to recruiters.
Be kind, enthusiastic and positive.
Be kind and well-mannered to everyone with whom you come in contact. You never know who in the office is responsible for making the final decision in hiring. Even the receptionist you speak with in the beginning could have a huge impact so be sure to practice good manners and smile! While the interview process can be nerve-wracking, make every attempt to remain enthusiastic during an interview. A negative or lackluster attitude can combat a recruiters attempts to help find a job that is perfect for you. Recruiters want to hire someone who they feel best fits a position but also someone who is eager to accept a role and maintains a positive outlook.
Are you using an agency to help you find a career? Then be honest. The recruiter working with you wants to fit you with the best company and position for your skills and preferences. If you thrive well in team-based environments, mention it to the recruiter. Otherwise you may end up in a position that requires working in solace. Being as honest as possible will help you both in the long run.
Use the same level of professionalism during your interview as you would if you were applying directly to a company. Remember that the recruiter is advocating for you. The more professional you can be, the more comfortable a recruiter will be in recommending you for a position.
At Bradley Personnel, we don’t just provide access to employers and exclusive job openings. We strengthen your career through personalized attention to short-term and long-term goals. The recruitment process is truly a two-way street, where your needs and preferences are taken into account along with those of the client company — resulting in a perfect match. We hope these tips will help you in your journey with us!