Top 3 tips for a successful contracting interview

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You could be forgiven for thinking the worlds of contracting and permanent employment are poles apart, yet there are some aspects that are strikingly similar.

One example is the need for contractors to take part in interviews when they pitch for an assignment. Much like their “permie” counterparts, it is essential for freelancers to shine and leave the business in no doubt that they are the best person for the job.

To help, we’ve outlined three handy tips for interview success:

Do your research

It may seem like a no-brainer, but carrying out extensive research into the company is vital if you want to be thoroughly prepared. Find out what the business is about and what your assignment tasks will be. This will enable you to figure out the types of skills involved, and help you convince the firm that your expertise mirrors what they are looking for.

You should also research what other contractors are charging to carry out similar projects, along with the going rate for the skills involved in undertaking the assignment. This will ensure you price yourself just right.

Sell your skills

During the interview you need to show evidence of the skills you have listed on your CV. Take a portfolio of your past assignments to show what you’re capable of and how you have utilised your expertise to produce professional projects.

Ask questions

The end of the interview is usually your opportunity to ask questions. It’s crucial that you have pre-prepared questions to show your enthusiasm for the assignment and to ensure you have all the necessary information before taking on the work.

Use this as an opportunity to enquire about the intricacies of the role so that you can fully present how your skills set matches what the business is looking for.

Have your say

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