Temporary or contract positions are in high demand, with roughly 40% of all jobs being filled through this method, according to a poll. In addition, the rate of retention after being employed as a contractor and then promoted to a permanent employee is on the rise. As a result, the job seeker should frame their comments and provide proper responses to the most frequently asked interview questions listed below.
Even if the temp hire prefers to work full-time rather than on a temporary basis, he does not have to express his desire to work full-time. Because the employer who hires the temporary resource wants or may want to use the job seeker's resources for as long as he wishes. Not to mention, if the temp employee exhibits his abilities and fits into the organization's working culture, he has a good possibility of becoming a permanent employee.
Here are a few questions that the interviewer will most likely ask you and then decide whether or not to hire you based on your responses.
1. Why are you interested in this temporary opportunity and think it equals you?
The interviewer wants to know why you are interested in the position and what your goals are by asking this question. You should respond in a way that emphasizes your desire to work for the organization and that your skillset and objectives would aid in reaching your long-term professional goals, implying that this is not a stop-gap arrangement. You should also emphasize how his skill set is a good fit for the job and that he will quickly adapt to the company's culture.
2. What do you expect from this organization and your partner if you are employed?
You should have done some basic research on the organization and the type of work culture it employs before answering this question. The corporate website's 'about us' section and a few LinkedIn contacts from the company can assist you to learn more about the company's work culture. Once you've decided that you're a good fit for the organization, you should concentrate on how you'll contribute to its success. Rather than focusing on the flexibility and enjoyable aspects, emphasize professional development, training opportunities, and performance awards. Also, indicate that you are a team player, that you will mingle with the people right away, and that you would look at the big picture rather than just your own personal ambitions.
3. Would you like to be offered a full-time job?
The key to answering this issue is to stay positive. Unless you truly do not wish to work full-time, always state I would be delighted to work full-time if the opportunity arose. Emphasize what you appreciate best about the job and why you wish to work for this particular company.
If not, please explain why you are just interested in a temporary position without making any harsh remarks. You could say that the flexibility and other benefits of temporary employment would make me happier.
4. What do you consider to be the most important achievement?
An excellent answer to this question may lead to a job offer. After you've done your homework and discovered that the company has a few issues, showing your expertise in dealing with those issues might be a big plus. Aside from that, emphasize other aspects of your personality, such as your ability to work hard, put in long hours and effort, and handle pressure. You can also tell a brief tale about your most significant professional achievement.
5. How do you handle the pressure? Do you like or dislike these situations?"
Under duress, few people perform effectively. If you're one of them, make a point of it and give an example. This inquiry could also imply that the opening will need to be handled with care. Try to assess the situation and determine what the job entails. If you're offering a positive answer, be descriptive.
6. Why did you leave the last position?
This is a very important question, and the answer should be presented carefully. Don't say anything negative about your old boss. You can tell it was a contract job or that you wanted to improve your abilities and that your current employment didn't provide many learning opportunities. Also, if you had any personal concerns with the management or the lead, don't bring them up. You can also add something nice about the existing firm, such as, "I'd prefer to work for your company."
7. Timed times, frustration, black people, and stupid rules can make work difficult. How do you handle these situations? "
The main purpose of asking this question is to determine how enthusiastic and willing you are to take on such a circumstance, regardless of whether it exists or not. Be upbeat and confident, stating that you can handle any scenario. You might indicate that you enjoy working under pressure and in difficult situations. Mention your diplomacy, patience, and common sense in dealing with these situations.
8. One of our biggest problems is. . . What has been your experience with this? How would you deal with it?
This quiz assesses your ability to organize and analyze data. It's critical to think quickly and come up with a witty response to this topic. The easiest way to respond to this question is to split it down into subsections and, if you've ever faced a similar challenge, to tell a brief story about how you dealt with it. After you've finished answering the subsections, put them all together and end with a positive sentence.
9. How important was your technical ability in achieving results?
It is critical to possess the technical skills required to respond to this question. To begin, determine how much technical ability the interviewer is looking for and whether you possess it. You should describe your experience, for example, if you come from a software background, describe the software packages you used and the various work roles you held in the business. In addition, you should explain how you would apply those skill sets to the current position you're looking for.
10. What are your career goals? What do you see yourself doing in five or ten years?
This is a question that requires a reasonable response. Don't respond by claiming you want to play a role that you know you won't be able to play. Specifically underline that you would cater to the company's growth and that if given the opportunity, you would see yourself 2-3 levels above as fit for carrying out the company's aspirations and goals. However, if you have a specific aim in mind and have some expertise and a track record, you can say it. Always try to guess what the interviewer is looking for from you, and it's crucial to comprehend the recruiter's dilemma.