The Differences Between Contract, Right to Hire, and Direct Placement Positions in Healthcare

When working with a staffing agency to get hired for a healthcare position, you may be wondering what the different employment types being offered to you mean.

While there may be some variations in how companies define these terms, below are brief explanations to help you get a better insight into what each one means so that you can easily begin your job search on our website.


This position is usually not a permanent one, and has a specific time frame of how long the company is looking to hire an employee. Contract work generally does not offer any benefits and is used as a way to cover a permanent employee’s leave of absence or to help complete a particular project. At HealthCare Support our contract positions are typically 3 months or more.

Right to Hire

Also known as temporary to permanent, this is when an employer would like to hire a full-time employee but does not want to commit to a permanent offer in the beginning. During the right to hire period, the employee is working for and being paid by the staffing firm after a pre-determined amount of hours on assignment the employer has the right to hire you on permanently.

Direct Placement

Direct placement positions are permanent from the start. A client will use the services of the staffing agency to find the talent and then hire them directly. This is different from the right to hire position, as it allows the candidate being offered a direct placement position to be added directly to the client company payroll and benefits.

Each position has its advantages, and it’s important to understand the differences so that you can make the best decision on which one to choose based on your employment needs.

If you have any further questions regarding how we match employees to healthcare positions, please contact HealthCare Support (HSS) by calling 1-407-478-0332. We understand the constant career searching challenges potential employees’ face, which is why we invite you to join our talent network to enhance your job search and application process.

Will a Staffing Agency Really Help Me Find a Job?

Anyone who has used a staffing agency in the past knows how helpful they can be, especially when job demand is high, but the jobs themselves aren’t plentiful. So what, exactly, can a staffing firm like HealthCare Support do to help you?

The first step to joining the HealthCare Support community is to join our Talent Network or apply directly to a job opening listed on our website, a job board or even social media. Either of these steps will put your resume into our database of candidates and connect you with a Recruiting Consultant. If your skills match up with the job you applied to you will be contacted by the recruiter. If not, your resume will stay in our database and come up in any searches completed by our team of recruiters that match your skills and desires. By joining our Talent Network you will also receive emails every time a position similar to your skill set opens near you.

How We Match You

Once we find a match for you your resume is submitted to our client for a Hiring Manager to review. If an interview is requested we will be your wingman. Whether you’re a seasoned interviewer or you’re interviewing for the first time in 10 years, we’ll be right there with you, guiding you through creating your professional resume, acing your interview and negotiating your new salary. No matter where you get hired, we’ll only be a phone call away and if the time comes for you to pursue a new career path, we’ll be right at your side again.

To begin your partnership with us, join our Talent Network or apply to one of our current openings today.

Dressing for Interview Success

Something that many people struggle with is figuring out exactly what to wear for an interview. What you wear helps form that important first impression and creates an image of the type of person you are. There may not be a direct correlation between the length of your tie and the length of the qualifications on your resume, but attention to your attire can tell an interviewer a lot about the type of professional you are, as well as your level of interest and dedication in landing the position.

Many make the mistake of “dressing down” for positions with little or no dress code to match the office culture. While this may seem logical at first let us remind you, you get one chance to make a first impression and you still want to project that you are a professional who is extremely dedicated in securing this position. Take your decision on what to wear to your interview very seriously, and your interviewer will likely assume you will take your job very seriously. Always consider that an interview is your time to put your best foot forward and project the “best version of yourself”; you can’t be too polished and poised when your dream job is on the line.

Check out our list of attire tips listed below:

Men’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey)
  • Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
  • Belt
  • Tie
  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
  • Little or no jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Limit the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Women’s Interview Attire

  • Pant suit, skirt suit or dress (navy, black or dark grey)
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Tips for Everyone:

  • Make sure your clothing is clean and wrinkle-free
  • Pick your interview outfit the day before so there is no chance of running late because of wardrobe malfunction.

7 Tips to Help Nail the Interview

Employment in the healthcare industry is very competitive. Although your resume can get you the interview, handling the process can be a huge contributor in whether you’ll clinch the job. To ensure you get the job offer, follow these surefire tips!

Make a good impression

  • Dress professionally- conventional, but tasteful. The position may call for scrubs, but still show up in business formal attire.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before the interview and have several copies of your resume on hand.
  • Maintain eye contact and smile, it’s a sign of confidence.


Learn as much as you can about the company. Know their mission statement and the range of services they offer. Use the information whenever it’s applicable; it shows the employer that you came prepared.

Be passionate

Asides from describing why you’re enthusiastic about the job, also explain what it is about the company that interests you.

Prepare for questions

Anticipating the common questions will help you reduce awkward pauses and clumsy answer. Preparing a short list of intelligent questions to ask will also impress the hiring manager.

Maximize your strengths and acknowledge your weaknesses

Most hiring managers want to hire people who show confidence in their strengths, recognize their weaknesses, and know how to manage them.

Have references ready

Feel you’ve had a great interview? Presenting a list of professional references could seal the deal! Offer a copy at the close of the interview to help show your confidence that your references will be positive.

Send a thank you letter

After your interview send a thank you letter to all parties involved. This special touch keeps you on the forefront of their mind and increases your chances of landing the job.

Unsure of something? Let your Recruiting Consultant know during your Interview Prep. At HealthCare Support we are more than recruiters, we are career coaches with inside knowledge or the industry.