These days, as more and more companies switch to a project-based workflow, skilled engineers are in high demand. Finding the right temp engineer is like hitting the jackpot. More often than not, the search starts with an engineering temp agency.
Evaluating an engineering temp agency after they help you fill a position is easy enough – all you have to do is assess three things:
- Did the engineer meet or exceed expectations?
- Was the price fair?
- How was the overall hiring process?
In most cases, you are going to want to evaluate the agency before you commit to working together. This, of course, is a bit more challenging. Why Contract Engineering Jobs Are Great For Recent Grads?
Here are a few ways to simplify the process.
Check Online Reviews
One of the easiest ways to make a pre-contract evaluation of a temp engineering agency is by reading their publicly available reviews. Try to look for feedback from businesses similar to yours.
If you are hiring for a software company, a glowing review based on a civil engineer placement might not be relevant. With that said, you can still use these types of reviews to gauge things like responsiveness and customer service.
There are always going to be outliers – I once read an article about tourists leaving 1-star reviews at the Grand Canyon, Stonehenge, and other world-renowned sites. Take everything with a grain of salt and be wary of focusing too much on one or two positive or negative reviews.
Talk to the Engineering Community
Want to gain access to the best engineering talents? Look for the engineering temp agency that skilled engineers view favorably. If an agency is known for delaying payments and treating people poorly, this will be reflected in the quality of their candidates. If they have a good reputation, the opposite will be true.
You can certainly ask engineers on your payroll if they have any recommendations from friends and colleagues, but ideally, you want to reach out to an objective third party (a friend with engineering knowledge would be perfect for this).
The best way to evaluate an engineering temp agency? Reach out directly!
Most temp engineering agencies, including this one, will gladly schedule a free introductory consultation with your team. Use this opportunity to ask about previous placements, evaluate the agency’s engineering knowledge, and explore the potential fit with your company.