Interview: Do You Think a Temporary Job Is a Good Fit for You?

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When you’re invited to interview for a temporary position, the employer will want to know if it looks like you’ll be successful in the job, even though it’s not a permanent position. A big part of being a successful temp worker is being enthusiastic about the idea of a temporary job, rather than a permanent, position. For that reason, many interviewers will ask why you think a temporary job is a good fit for you.

Even if you would eventually like to transition into a permanent position, you should still be very enthusiastic when answering this question at your job interview. Explain the circumstances that make a temporary job ideal for you right now and the qualities that make you a strong temp worker.

How to Answer Questions About Temp Jobs Being a Good Fit

One way to answer such a question is to focus on why your current situation makes temp work ideal for you. For example, temporary work might be perfect for you if you’re still figuring out what your long-term goals are or if you want to gain a bit of professional experience before returning to school to finish or purse another degree. Remember, though; the interviewer will want to know how your desire to be a temp worker is ideal for the company.

You can also answer this question by focusing on why your personality makes you a good fit for the job. For example, you might explain that you are good at communicating and working with many different people, so you adjust to new work environments well. You might also explain that you’re a quick learner so that you know you’ll quickly learn new office procedures.

A very strong answer will combine both of these types of answers. It’s best if you can explain why temporary work fits your current circumstances and why your personality is also perfect for a temp job.

Be Honest but Positive

You want to be honest when answering interview questions about temporary work. You can (and should) honestly explain why temp work is ideal for you based on your current professional or personal situation. But if you’re going to focus on why your personality makes you a good fit for temp work, be sure to assess your traits honestly. If you don’t fit the bill, you may end up being very unhappy if hired. For example, don’t say you are very outgoing if you aren’t and don’t say you’re a quick learner if it takes you a long time to understand how to do new tasks.

That being said, you should also be as positive as possible when answering this question. A response such as, “A temp job is a good fit for me because I need any income I can get right now” shows the employer that you don’t care much about the job or the company, and that’s not going to make a good impression.

You want to explain why you’re a good fit for the job in a way that shows you want to do temp work for the organization. Plus, you want the interviewer to believe the company will benefit from hiring you.

Examples of the Best Answers

  • I think that a temporary position is exactly what I need right now. I am just returning to the workplace, and I am looking forward to a temporary position to help me decide where to focus my future career.
  • A temporary job is a perfect fit for me at this time. Since my husband's job necessitates our moving often, working temp jobs allows me to keep current in my career, without the commitment of a permanent position. Also, because of my experience in temp jobs, I have become a very quick learner and can pick up on new office procedures almost immediately.
  • Absolutely. I enjoy working with many different people and experiencing the work culture in different offices. I am very flexible and quickly adjust to different office environments.

More Temporary Job Interview Tips

Of course, this is just one type of question you’ll be asked when you interview for a temporary job. To be properly prepared, you may wish to review these temporary job interview questions and answers. Take some time to practice answering these questions – and if possible – ask a friend or family member to pose as an interviewer so you can practice answering the question out loud. Practicing will help you feel much more comfortable during the actual interview.