How to Make a Stunning First Impression in a Temp Job Interview
The magic algorithm Temps in the City uses to match employers with temps means that, when you get an interview, you are well-matched for that job. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to make a great first impression in a temp job interview. You still have to stand out ahead of the other suitable interviewees.
Wowing the employers straight away improves your chances of getting the job - it’s that simple. It also helps to enhance your reputation in the London temp market, which leads to more opportunities and increases your chances of being headhunted.
Look at these tips for making a stunning first impression in a temp job interview:
Do Your Research
If you can show the interviewer that you have taken the time to research the company, that reflects well on you. They love someone who already knows and understands their brand values. Take a look on their website, their social networks and pay attention to what they post on LinkedIn [hyperlink to www.linkedin.com]. Read reviews of the firm by those who use their services and from people who have worked there previously.
Pre-loading valuable information like this makes the conversation flow much better. Imagine how many times that day the interviewers have had to waste valuable time explaining the basics to unprepared candidates. You will be a breath of fresh air.
It could also spark some enquiries that you can drop in when it reaches that bit of the temp job interview everyone dreads - “any questions?”
Fix Up, Look Sharp
You won’t get the job based on your clothes specifically, but this is about first impressions. It’s about a feeling that the interviewer gets for you. Dressing smartly is part of the whole package and it’s a great chance to impress.
You want to look professional and show that you take pride in how you present yourself to others. Try to thin out the stuff you carry with you too. Rather than juggling different bags, files, folders, iPad etc., attempt to fit just the essentials into one smallish bag. This shows off your organisational skills straight away.
Time is of the Essence
Bad timekeeping is not a great start. In any job, there are deadlines to be hit and if you can’t even turn up to the temp job interview on time, it doesn’t bode well.
There are two main reasons to be polite to the receptionist when you arrive for the interview. Primarily because they are a human being and it’s nice to be nice. But in addition, the way that you deal with others in the workplace allows a potential employer to imagine how you will fit into their company.
Many employers even ask their reception staff to offer their first impressions of candidates. You can be as charming as you like in the interview, but if that’s not matched outside of the room, it can go against you.
As mentioned earlier, this is the bit that most people dread in a temp job interview. And that’s kind of the point. If you don’t have any questions, once again, it probably won’t lose you the job alone, but showing interest in the job or company makes a better impression.
Have five or six questions in stock, ready for this bit. You need a few prepared because some of them will naturally be answered during the main interview. Asking a question to which the answer has already been given doesn’t make the greatest impression either.
Here are five questions you could ask:
What do you like most about working for the company?
Are there opportunities for temps to progress in the company?
What is the boss like to work for? (Bonus points here if you research the boss’s name).
Can you tell me more about the work environment here?
What is the next step in the recruitment process?
Of course, you can come up with your own. It is great if you can tie them into specific elements what the company does.
How to Get a Temp Job Interview
If you’re primed and ready to head off into the London temp job market, Temps in the City can help. Simply visit the Find a Job [hyperlink to https://www.tempsinthecity.co.uk/browse-jobs/] page and browse the more than 5,000 London temp jobs we have on offer.