Temps Try Out For Full-Time Jobs

Planned path lets job candidates show what they can do


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (Sept. 11, 2011) – A nascent trend among a growing number of small employers is being likened to taking a test drive with prospective employees.

Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based business bank, commends the non-traditional innovation that gives part-timers a shot at being hired.

Trial tasks, lasting a pre-set contract interval, help to identify best-bet workers and weed out those who wouldn't fit.

This win-win over a two- or six-week span lets workers showcase their abilities and saves firms the headaches of hiring someone who soon afterward proves to be the wrong choice.

The Small Business column in today's New York Times says the arrangement is being adopted by "small, fast-growing companies where turnover can be high."

With a bad hire on a 10-person team, "it can kill the company," an employer observed.

The concept is analogous to dating before marriage, and it takes the emotion and uncertainty out of the interview process.

One chief executive noted that "It's that whole idea of 'show, don't tell.' "

"It is far easier for both the employee and the boss to back out of a temporary arrangement than to terminate employment," the story says.

In one example, a part-timer is paid a consulting rate to work on projects at night or on a weekend. Half the trial workers went into full-time jobs. Others had a change of heart.

That particular employer said of those who didn't make it, "Let's just say that had we hired them, we probably would have had to fire them."

At another workplace, the story says, "People fail either because they do not get the work done or because they have abrasive personalities."


About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online www.VictoryStateBank.com.

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