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Tips for Temps

* One benefit of temping is that an agency finds you jobs. But to be a successful Temp, your role must go far beyond taking calls from recruiters and showing up for assignments prepared. Adopt a professional attitude, and you'll get the temp jobs you really want. Remember that you need to fit in and often will be asked to do jobs that others don’t want to do. Maintain a positive and friendly willing attitude at all times. Even if you are not having a good day don’t let that show and remember to act professional and approachable at all times.

* Be clear on what you want to do and why. "Have a detailed conversation with your recruiter so they know your ‘best assignment' criteria," however to maintain regular work you should remain flexible and willing as those ‘ideal’ roles are sometimes thin on the ground.

* You may feel like refusing an assignment, but you don't want to be on your agency's blacklist, either. "It's OK to say no to an assignment, as long as you reaffirms your commitment to work with that recruiter on anything else and to keep the relationship strong," .

* If you mess up on the job, take immediate action. Start with calling your Agency to take ownership of any problems or issues, only to often we hear “but I am only a temp”, this line implies your non committal attitude to the role. Remember! The client is paying you to undertake the role to the BEST of your ability. If it is simply that you need more training then you must not suffer in silence and ask for help, everyone needs training when they start a new role.

* As much as you might like to run screaming from the building, the best way to responsibly handle a difficult situation is to talk to your Recruiter. Let your recruiter know first before going straight to the client and complaining. Recruiters act as a great buffer and will, in most cases be able to rephrase the request in a way that will diffuse any difficult situation between the client and the temporary worker.

I moved into the area just over a year ago now and was keen to get some temporary work. I signed up with numerous agencies at the time but Laura at Search really took the time in my registration to get to know me as a person and listen to my working requirements. I didn’t feel rushed and which automatically made me feel at ease. You can’t help but feel welcome when you visit the office as all of the staff at Search are so friendly and helpful. I really didn’t feel just like “another candidate on the books”. I am happy to say that Laura has placed me in various temporary bookings over the last year or so and it’s very reassuring to work for an Agency that care just as much about their candidates as they do about their clients.

Kerry Stacey


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Interview Tips

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Prepare yourself, interviews are two way meetings.
They are an opportunity for the interviewer to find out about and for you to find out about the organisation and if the position will provide you with the challenge and job satisfaction you are looking for.

Do First impressions count? You bet they do!

Your first few seconds are fairly vital when you walk into that interview. We all give out different signals and these can be influenced by the way you dress to your body language. In our opinion it all starts with a firm handshake (that’s firm, don’t shake their hand off!) and being smartly dressed.

Interview Preparation

Identify 80% of questions you may be asked
Employers want to know whether or not you are suitable for the job for which you are applying and so will ask you questions to find out. They have identified a range of skills and qualities that the position requires. You simply need to identify a range of examples that illustrate these skills.
You can identify the skills that your employer is looking for by:
* Visiting their web site
* Looking carefully at the job advert, job description and/or person specification
Before the interview
* Research the organisation, using recruitment brochure, annual report, web site etc.
* Check what you need to take with you, eg. CV, dissertation, portfolio
* List potential questions you might be asked and practice your answers

Your questions

Most interviews allow time for you to ask questions. If your questions have all been answered, say so. However, it's a good idea to have a few questions prepared. You might even want to write questions down and take them with you:
*Who could I be working with? Report to?
*How do you see the job role / function developing in the future?
*What opportunities are there for staff development and further training?
*What are the arrangements for inducting new staff?


Dress Code - What Clothes Should You Wear For Your Job Interview?

It’s always a tough call when trying to decide what to wear for a job interview. As a pointer it’s always a good idea to “Dress above the rest” at an interview – remember you are out to make an impression. So a pretty simple rule - if the company's dress code is casual then you need to be dressed casually but a little smarter, if the dress code is a suit and tie then you need to wear your best suit and tie –it’s pretty easy for you to judge for yourself.

Likely questions

Employers will ask a range of questions, but not all will apply to you. Think about some of the questions below and prepare as much as you can broadly categorised as follows:

Warm ups ...

Questions designed to relax you, although some employers like to put you on the spot straight away;
“Tell us about yourself” - prepare for the worst - a classic opener that can really throw you. Plan ahead by having presentation statement to cover this.
“Paint me a picture of yourself? What kind of person are you?” - Rather than say "I'm an ideas person", talk about a time when you changed things with a good idea.
“What are your main achievements to date?”
“Why do you want to work for us? “

Questions to find out how well prepared you are, how keen you are to fill this job and / or to work for this particular employer.

“Why do you want to work for us? Why do you want this job?” - Have a clear answer to this (even if, privately, you're not sure - you only have to decide when the job offer is in your hand).
“What do you think are the main skills and qualities required for this job? “

After your interview

Most people improve at interview with practice. Make sure you learn from each interview in order to improve and prepare for the next one:

Reflect on the interview and how it went, what could you have done better? Write down the ques-tions you found difficult - consider how you might answer these again now that you have had more time to think about them.

Consider how you came across - were you confident, did you present well?
Ask for feedback once you are aware of the result of the interview.

Case Study - London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust 2018

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
working in partnership

Case Study International Nurses

Though ongoing consultation we helped Northwick Park Recruit International Nurses from India & The Philippines

We have been recruiting for Northwick park for many years using Skype and recruitment campaigns held in India and The Philippines. The LNW workforce planning team were looking at various recruitment options to recruit nurses from The Philippines and India.
Due to the long standing relationship and trust gained through experience on previous tours and Skype interviews, It was agreed that Skype would be the most suitable method of recruitment, saving time and costs to source IELTS/OET passed nurses.
Before conducting interviews we pre-screened all Indian and Filipino nurses to make sure they had achieved the English language requirements.
On the days of the interviews we assist the Trust with the set up and the scheduling of candidates and were available for any trouble shooting and support throughout. The interviews are conducted in a timely manner and the connections on SKYPE are generally very good. Where SKYPE is not an option other video interviews are adopted.

Our experience of working with SEARCH has been very positive. It is clear that they have a vast amount of experience in this field. This experience is essential when working through some of the complexities of overseas recruitment. The nurses that we have recruited have been without exception excellent. Many of them have now been promoted to band 6 roles.

Jonathan Davies- Head of Nursing, Elderly Care and Stroke
Northwick Park NHS Trust

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