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Temp-to-Hire 101

Need additional help, but are unsure if that need will be long-term?

Want to try out a new employee before making a commitment to hire him or her?

If so, temp-to-hire services may be right for your business.  In simple terms, temp-to-hire (also known as try-before-hire or temp-to-perm) lets you try out a candidate on-the-job before extending an offer for direct employment. 

Instead of being hired as your full-time employee right away, the employee is hired by your staffing service, then assigned to work at your company as a temporary.  During a probationary period usually lasting around 10 weeks, you get to evaluate the temporary employee’s job performance and decide whether he or she should be hired full-time or let go.

Benefits of Temp-to-Hire

  • Working interview.  Temp-to-hire allows you to evaluate characteristics that can’t easily be observed through a traditional interview, such as:  ability to follow directions; culture fit; quality of work; work ethic; ability to multi-task or work under pressure.
  • Reduced hiring time.  Temp-to-hire candidates have been pre-screened by your staffing partner and qualified to match the needs of your opening.  This reduces your recruiting and interviewing time, so you can focus on your other priorities.
  • No obligation to hire.  When you use temp-to-hire services, you are not required to hire a candidate the staffing service sends you, even after you interview that candidate.
  • Evaluate long-term hiring need.  If you’re hiring to address recent growth or a newly created position, temp-to-hire gives you the time to verify that the position is absolutely necessary – before adding to your permanent headcount.
  • Decreased legal exposure.  If a temp-to-hire candidate isn’t working out, you can end the assignment at any time.  Because the candidate remains an employee of your staffing service, your legal exposure is minimized.
  • No advertising restrictions.  Using temp-to-hire services does not preclude you from advertising the position elsewhere.

Increase Flexibility and Security with Wood Personnel

Our try-before-hire services provide your organization the flexibility to address market fluctuation.  They also provide the security of testing a worker in the field before making a full-time commitment.  Contact us today to learn more about this staffing service for Middle Tennessee employers.