From tiny scoops of ice cream at Baskin Robbins to taking a car off the lot for a test drive, trying something before you buy it is pretty common these days. So why not apply the same approach to hiring employees?

A growing number of businesses are “trying before buying” by deciding to go with a hiring solution referred to as temp-to-hire. With this approach, businesses offer prospective staff members a temporary trial period before offering them a full-time job.

More specifically, temp-to-hire involves a staffing agency placing a temporary worker with a company that plans to make a permanent hiring decision after a trial period. During this trial phase, a company has the capacity to evaluate job performance and either hire the person or terminate the temporary assignment at any time.

Here are three advantages of incorporating a temp-to-hire program as a part of your company’s overall talent-sourcing strategy.

1) Increased agility

Many companies elect to work with a staffing firm because it allows them to be lighter on their feet and invest more time and energy into company goals. In addition to assessing applicants for a client company, a recruiter will act as a liaison for the company and the employee during the trial phase, promoting an honest dialogue around what is and isn’t working. A staffing company will also allow a company to deal with more cumbersome details, like negotiating salary, in advance, which is particularly helpful if the position is brand new.

A company using temporary help can also quickly ramp up or ramp down staffing as busy periods come and go.

2) Staffing flexibility

If your company is feeling pressure to add staff but hasn’t established if extra help will be needed long term, a temp-to-hire worker will permit time and flexibility to determine long-term needs. A temp-to-hire period can be leveraged to find out if there’s enough work to justify permanently add more folks. If the greater amount of work turns out to be temporary, and the worker is still a great match, a company can contact him or her on an as-needed basis.

3) A better permanent match

Bringing on a temp-to-hire worker as opposed to hiring someone full-time can ensure the person is right for the job. A company can get firsthand knowledge about a professional’s technical skills in a temp-to-hire scenario as opposed to relying just on a resume and job interview.

A temp-to-hire situation can also help determine if the person will be engaged as a full-time employee, which is mutually helpful. During the trial phase, a temp-to-hire worker can figure out if she or he likes the work, the business culture, colleagues, management style and their potential for growth should a company extend a full-time offer.

Are you ready to take the risk out of your hiring process?

As Quanta, we offer all kinds of staffing solutions to help meet the needs of our client companies. Contact us to find out how we can help your organization meet its goals.