temp question

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Registered: 07-28-2007
temp question
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Thu, 05-22-2014 - 1:11pm

Hi all...

I have a question about temping.  

I opted out of going to a job interview office position through a temp service. After hearing about the job and confirming the salary I decided it was not the right move for me.  

I called the temp place in the morning and she said she had just sent in my info but there was no interviewed scheduled with the company. I don't even know if would have wanted to see me anyway.  

She wanted to know why and I finally said I didn't feel it was the right match for me skills wise and wage wise. She seemed mad and I get why but like I said no interviewed was scheduled and who knows if they wanted to see me anyway.  

Now, here is my question;  Do you think I am no longer going to be considered for positions?  Am I totally obligated ( so to speak) just to take the interview, any interview and job no matter what?  ( Yes I know I am not but does that then take you out of running for other jobs?). 

I get that if I consistantly did this I am just took diffcult to work with.  But this was the first time I met with them and we probably just need to get my needs and what they can offer in-line better.

Any thoughts ?  


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Registered: 01-03-2004
In reply to: jvl44
Mon, 05-26-2014 - 11:39am

Jvl,

My advice: ALWAYS take the interview opportunity. Why? Because it's good politics and it will give you "real life" practice if nothing else! 

Remember, when you sign on with a temp agency they are banking on being able to place you. It's how they make their money. If you're a good candidate with strong skills they WANT to place you. Getting an interview offer is like scoring entry to the next level of employability with a temp agency. ALWAYS accept the interview. Always.

In truth, when you turned down the interview offered by the temp agency you may have automatically put yourself on the "do not call" list with them. They may have told the prospective employer a little about you and were counting on you at least going to the interview. Now they look bad. So NEVER turn down an interview.

In fact, I take interview invitations even when I know I don't want the job! Why? Because I can be totally honest in my presentation and bold in my questions. I've also received more job offers than not from these experiences. It tells me I am employable and gives me confidence.

And don't forget: Temp agencies talk to each other. If you flake out on one agency, the rest will know it. You'll be blackballed by all in your area. I've seen it happen.

Good luck.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
In reply to: jvl44
Fri, 05-23-2014 - 6:33pm

I apologize.


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Registered: 04-08-2008
Fri, 05-23-2014 - 3:48pm

Aside from the rudeness, I do agree that I think you may not be familiar with how temp agencies work. They don't work for you, they work for the company. Their priority is getting the position filled, not finding you a position. 

If you get asked for an interview again, I'd go whether or not you feel it's a good fit. Like the other poster said, you don't HAVE to take the position, but, you're more likely to get more work if you take more jobs, and if you take more jobs, you just may end up finding a position that will become permanent or even another position at a company that may fit you better.

Good luck to you!! 


demecafe

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Registered: 07-28-2007
In reply to: jvl44
Fri, 05-23-2014 - 9:15am

" Am I making myself clear?"    Really?  Do you really feel that comment was neccesary?   You are being uneccesarily rude.  I don't need to be berated for a basic simple question.

If you are not able to answer questions without sarcasim and stupid analogies you should not be responding to people.

I did not even respond yet to the answers I was given and you already responded back with this?  As if I was going to argue?  

You are rude.  

Avatar for ubergeek
Community Leader
Registered: 09-23-2010
In reply to: jvl44
Thu, 05-22-2014 - 3:37pm

I would have just taken the interview. You weren't obligated to accept the offer if it came. 

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Registered: 12-03-1999
In reply to: jvl44
Thu, 05-22-2014 - 2:29pm

You should have taken the interview.  This was the first time you met with them.  For temp positions, the company already has a stable of workers they know and trust to be there on time, and to do a good job.  They do NOT know you.  Untill you have proven yourself, they will give the higher paying jobs to their trusted workers--just like with any employer. 

For any employment agency, whether it be temp to perm, or employment placement only, they do want a good fit, since a successful placement is how they get paid.  HOWEVER, they also want somebody who is flexible, realistic, and hard working.  Going on an interview introduces you to an employer.  Even if one or the other of you feels the current position is not a good fit, they may have OTHER open positions, or positions that may be opening in the near future, that they might like you for.  Also, the offered position may be your foot in the door.  Once you have proved yourself, you could be considered for better positions.