Contract, Contract to Hire, Direct Hire – What’s The Difference?

Contract, Contract to Hire, Direct Hire – What’s The Difference?


There are many ways a staffing company can help you find a job.  We’re going to explain the 3 most common types of placement – Contact Jobs, Contract to Direct and Direct Hire 

Contract Jobs
Companies often look for contract employees to help during an employee’s absence or period of leave, or for project and seasonal work. These jobs range in length from a couple of weeks to many months. You will have the opportunity to interview for the position and learn more about the company before committing to the position.  

Contract-to-Hire Jobs
Also known as try before you hire”. This type of position begins as a contract assignment.  The company can get to know the employee and the employee can get to know the company during this introductory period.  After this phase if there is a match for both the company and the employee there could be an offer of direct employment, an extension of the contract role If there is not a match between both employer and employee, the assignment could end.  

Direct Hire Jobs
A recruiter will explain the position, company environment and benefits when pursuing a direct hire opportunity. This process normally takes longer than contract or contract to hire. In this scenario, there are usually 2 or more rounds of interviews and a request for references.  Then, you may receive a job offer to work directly for the hiring company. A win-win situation if the position matches your needs.    

Many agencies offer a variety of all three of these kinds of hiring scenarios. DAVIShandles all three (3) of these services to our customers and candidates. Check out our open jobs here.

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