How to Hire Great Temporary Employees

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Hiring skilled temporary employees can help you find better-suited individuals for long-term positions.

There has been a boom in temporary and freelance work in recent years. In fact, 11.5 million employees are hired from staffing firms each year. Even if an employee won’t be working for you for very long, you still want to hire a qualified and responsible individual who will get the job done right. Taking the time to hire smart temporary employees now will have long-term benefits for your business.

Create Clear Job Descriptions

Your temporary employees will need to have specific skills to perform specific tasks. This is why it’s important to be very concise in your job description. While a full-time, long-term employee can take the time to train for the specific job, the story is different for a temporary employee. Since a temporary employee spends so little time at a job, every moment counts. They need to be able to hit the ground running as soon as they begin the job, and that means already having the specific, necessary skills.

Use Video Interviews

Temporary employees are usually needed to begin a job quickly, so there often isn’t a lot of time to spend interviewing for the perfect candidate. A great way to speed up the interview process is to use video interviews. You can still connect personally with a talented candidate while also cutting out the time-consuming middle stages of the hiring process. Simply have a candidate answer questions on video to get a better idea of whether or not they are suited for the job.

Look for Company Culture Fit

80% of companies that use staffing agencies say that hiring temporary workers is a great way to find long-term employees. Therefore, keeping company culture in mind when hiring is a great way to find potential long-term employees. Plus, when you have a temporary employee working within your company, you’ve already seen their skills and their interactions with others. This makes them much better hires than other candidates that you would have to interview.


AIR Pre-Hire in Reisterstown, MD, conducts accurate and verified universal background screening, so you will have thorough background checks on your employees. Here at AIR Pre-Hire we don’t simply check the basic information, we dig deep to identify inconsistencies and make sure your potential employees (as well as existing employees) are acceptable for hire. This is the human element of our custom pre-screening service. You can count on us for timely, verified pre-screening and employee re-screening.

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