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Q: Why use a staffing firm?
A: Countless surveys indicate that the primary reasons that companies choose to partner up with a staffing firm is the flexibility offered by using project staff and the ease of access to top tier talent in the job market. Staffing firms use a variety of tools and networking that are focused on building long term relationships with the best talent, resulting in a pipeline dedicated to filling long and short term vacancies with the most qualified employees. Recruiters are technically trained to find specific skills sets and to see many of the red flags that differentiate the best candidates from the rest. Staffing firms maintain a database of active and passive candidates, and can fill most requisitions quickly and efficiently, thus reducing your cost per hire. Let’s not forget to mention how stressful it is to fill an opening!
Q: Why use Accounting & Finance Professionals?
A: Accounting & Finance Professionals is a locally owned Small Business Enterprise that has been leading the way toward innovative, cost effective, ethical and customer service focused recruiting in the Phoenix metro area since 1999. We are a member of the Better Business Bureau, WBENC, The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and the Arizona Small Business Association. We offer competitive benefits to our candidates, effectively improving the quality of life for them, which in turn increases the chance that they complete long term temporary projects. Our strong focus of providing the best service makes us one of the top temp agencies in Phoenix AZ and surrounding areas.
Q: What is the screening process like at Accounting & Finance Professionals?
A: Our skilled and experience recruiters have a one on one meeting with each and every candidate that represents AFP. The interview begins with going over the work history, followed by situational/behavior scenarios, long and short term career goals, and ends up with setting appropriate expectations for how we will work best together. We offer advice and training on the interview process, we explain the process of temporary, temporary to hire and direct hire employment situations, and we answer any questions to give our candidates the best tools to be a success candidate in the job market. When necessary, we screen candidates for specific skills and can evaluate them on their technical expertise. We reference check each candidate with supervisory level references, focusing on the most recent and pertinent. We have partnered with a local firm in Phoenix for background screening, and have on-site drug screening to expedite the process of compliance.
Q: What is the difference between temporary, temporary to hire and direct hire?
A: Temporary employment indicates a solution for a specific, time sensitive need, such as a vacation coverage/FMLA or a project such like a system conversion or month end close.
Temporary to hire affords the company and the candidate the opportunity to try each other out prior to making a 100% commitment. When you hire an employee temporary to hire, it should show you what you can expect down the road. The major benefit of this option is by the time you are ready to add someone to your payroll, they are already trained, you know whether or not they are reliable, and you know if they are a fit for your organization or not!
The Direct Hire option allows the company to work with a staffing firm to find the best possible candidate for an immediate hire. The benefit is that you can tap into the professional resources available to a staffing firm, and get a guarantee on the placement.
Q: Should I interview the candidate?
A: That is going to be up to you. For a temporary or temporary to hire position, many of our clients take advantage of the fact that we have met sometimes 10-20 people before finding the candidate that we present to you. This is one of the ways that we can save you time and money. The interview really is the first few days, where you are able to determine if the candidate is the right fit (call us about our 8 hour guarantee). For a direct hire position, we highly recommend taking the time to interview the candidates you find appropriate, and recommend that the line manager takes the time to meet with the candidate as well.
Q: What is your response time?
A: Response time varies on the nature of the position. Some of the more technical positions will take more time to resource and re-screen candidates. For most positions, we can have multiple candidates presented and available to start immediately within a few hours!
Q: What is the benefit of using a temporary or contract employee?
A: The major benefit of using a temporary or contract employee is tapping into a resource for a very specific project that is not immediately available with your current talent pool, knowing that once the project is over, you can return to your current staffing level while minimally effecting your P&L. You can effectively reduce overtime, over-stress, and maintain a positive working environment for your permanent staff.
Q: I have a candidate on a temporary/temporary to hire assignment, and they are not working out. What is the next step?
A: At Accounting & Finance Professionals, we pride ourselves on that fact that we foster long term relationships with our clients and our candidates. We make it a point to contact you the first day of the assignment to make sure everything is going as expected. We will follow up with you on a regular basis to make sure you are 100% satisfied with the placement, and take the time to contact our candidate as well to provide up to date feedback and constructive criticism. If things are not working out, immediately contact your recruiter, and we will take a detailed description of what was missing in the candidate, and make sure we find a valued replacement. It is our goal to make sure you are completely satisfied with our service.
Q: What is the cost of all working with Accounting & Finance Professionals?
A: Every placement is different… we do not work with a rate sheet; rather we work with individual candidates and individual corporations. When we take a job order, we will discuss your budget, long and short term expectations, and will present to you a bill rate that will encompass all costs, that will work within your budget.