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Interview Tips: Land a CT Temporary Assignment or Direct Job

Temporary work is a great way to find permanent employment. Need proof? According to the American Staffing Association:

  •  80% of staffing clients say staffing firms offer a good way to find people who can become permanent employees.
  • 88% of staffing employees say that temporary or contract work made them more employable.
  • 77% of staffing employees say it’s a good way to obtain a permanent job.

Although a job may be listed as “temporary,” you never know where the assignment may lead. If an employer is impressed with your performance on the job, he can work with us to offer you direct employment.

The moral of this story?

Treat every temporary assignment as if it were a permanent job – starting with the interview! Use A.R. Mazzotta’s tips to make a great impression when you interview, and to land the best opportunities:

  • Conduct advance research. Just as you would for a direct job, learn everything you can about the client company’s mission, vision and corporate culture.
  • Ask your A.R. Mazzotta recruiter for a position description. Look for clues about the types of skills and experience needed to succeed in this role.  Compile a list of the top four or five requirements.  Then, think back through your professional career to find evidence that demonstrates you possess those abilities.
  • Develop your 30-second “elevator pitch.” Make sure you can state, in three concise sentences, exactly why you’re the ideal choice for the job. Your pitch should explain your strengths, transferable skills and the value you will bring to the client company.
  • Come prepared. Have a crisp copy of your résumé and references, a pen and notepad for notes, and your portfolio (if applicable) organized and ready to go. Doing so will allow you to hit the ground running and make a great first impression.
  • Avoid common interview mistakes. To succeed in your job search, you must convince the interviewer that you’re the best person for the assignment. Appearing disinterested, arrogant or sloppy are mistakes you simply cannot afford to make.  Be confident, but make sure you’re not cocky. Ask thoughtful questions about the assignment. And dress for interview success.  Failure to do so could convey that you don’t really care about the job opportunity enough to dress appropriately.
  • Thank the interviewer. Expressing thanks is one of those “pivotal moments” an interviewer may hang his hat on.  So tell him that you’re excited about the opportunity.  Positive emotion and good manners go a long way toward creating a lasting favorable impression.

As a leading employment agency in CT, A.R. Mazzotta can put you on the fast track to great employment opportunities. Whether you’re looking for the flexibility temporary assignments offer, or want a direct job, you can apply with A.R. Mazzotta today or search CT employment opportunities here.

Looking for more job search tips? Read this earlier post on how to apply for CT jobs online.