Questions to Temporary Employment Agency

It is important that you have all the facts in hand. Temporary agencies have different policies and payment schemes. Make sure you read their policies, and ask whatever you do not understand. Here is a list of questions you need to answer yourself from reading the company website and from reading the Temp Agencies policies. If you cannot find the answers on their literature clarify them during the interview process.

Basic Temp Interview Questions
  • Who are some of your clients?
  • What industries do you specialize in?
  • What kind of assignments do you specialize in?
  • Where are most of your clients?
  • When is the best time to call to see if there's work?
  • Who is responsible for getting me assignments?
  • How much work does you temping agency handle? (This is important to see if they have enough work to keep you busy)
  • Are you checks drawn from a local bank? Which one? (Banks must cash their own checks.)
  • What pay rate can I expect for my skills? (Ask for low and high end of range.) How can I increase this rate?
  • Can I expect raises for seniority? Merit?
  • Do you train your temporary workers? (If yes) What kind of training? How can I get this training?

Policy & Compensation Questions:

When do you need to receive my time sheet in time for the pay period? When do I get paid? Do you accept time sheets by fax? (If you don't have a local bank, and you need to cash your check quickly, ask: Are your checks drawn from a local bank?)

Medical-Vocational Temping Benefits:

  • Overtime? (You should be paid overtime when you work for one service for over 40 hours in one week. That one service may send you to five different companies, but you've worked over 40 hours, you're entitled to overtime.)
  • What happens if you show up to work, and they don't need you. (You should be paid for 4.5 hours of work at your set pay rate.)
  • Do I get paid for referring other temporary workers? If yes) How much? And how many hours must they work before you pay me?
  • If a company wants to hire me full-time, what is your policy?