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Partnering with a staffing agency can save both time and money for businesses looking to expand or supplement their workforce, on-demand. Time spent sourcing and recruiting candidates is dramatically reduced, as are expenses for items such as job advertising costs and employee benefits. But, how does a business know that their staffing partner is recruiting and effectively screening the best quality candidates? Leading staffing agencies, such as AtWork, conduct a number of screening activities on behalf of their clients to ensure just that. Here are five of the most common ways candidates are vetted, before being sent to the assignment:

A formal interview process: An effective staffing partner not only recruits candidates on behalf of their client, they also conduct a formal interview process in order to gain an understanding of the candidate and how they will fit within available positions.

Drug and background testing: Based on client needs, staffing agencies have a number of drug and background testing resources at their disposal in order to ensure that only drug-free candidates with clean criminal histories are provided.

Skills testing: It’s too late to find out that the receptionist you just hired can’t type efficiently or has no idea how use the key pieces of software required for the job once they have been hired. Staffing agencies head this dilemma off at the pass by conducting a number of skills assessments, based on client needs.

Reference checks: In-line with the formal interview process, staffing agency recruiters are careful to check employee references when necessary, in order to provide one more means of ensuring the candidate is a good fit.

Education and credential verification: Occasionally, a position requires specialized education or credentials, such as a CDL or various medical requirements. Top performing staffing agencies will conduct these verifications on behalf of their client, offering additional value to the partnership.

Partnering with a staffing agency to search for temporary, temp-to-hire, or direct hire candidates is an intelligent way to not only save time and money, but also ensure the best quality hire. If you’d like to learn more about the advantages of partnering with one of the largest and fastest-growing staffing agencies in the country, visit atwork.com/locations to find the AtWork location nearest to you today!

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