Contract Interview Tips – Ten Things to Remember
Contract Interview tips for UK contractors preparing for an interview.
UK Contractors need to get as many extra helps as they can as it is a very competitive market. Contracts are often got by small margins. So, here are some interview tips to help you get over the line.
Know About the Job
Know more about the job than the interviewer expects you to. Do your homework on the internet etc. Do any preparation you can. Know about the company you’re going to work for and some good recent news about them. So. type the company’s name into Google and then click on News.
Look Like You Want the Job
Look and act as if you want the job. Show enthusiasm.
Look Relaxed and Cheerful
Be relaxed and cheerful. Let you personality help get you the job. Interviewers tend to hire people they like. So, make sure they like you.
Talk While Walking to Interview Room
Have something to say while walking to the interview room with the interviewer. Most people get or lose the job in the first 2 minutes. You don’t want an awkward silence. Have, therefore, an answer to the question “Did you have any trouble making it here?”. Don’t just say “No”.
Be on Time for Interview
Be on time. It’s not a good idea to keep an interviewer waiting. If you can’t make it in time for the interview they will wonder if you are a habitual latecomer
Show Interest in Contract Position
Show interest in what the interviewer is saying and keep good eye contact with him or her. The last kind of person they want is someone who looks bored or unengaged during the interview.
Engage All Interviewers
If there is more than one interviewer make sure that you engage them all and not just the one doing all the talking. They’ll all have an input and probably a veto.
Don’t bullshit if you don’t know something. Just say you don’t know. Moreover, you can get on to the next part of the interview qucikly without looking as if you are floundering. If you don’t know someting it will be obvious anyway.
Don’t Criticise Previous Bosses
Don’t criticise past or current bosses. They may see you as someone whom bosses find it difficult to work with. They want someone who can get on both with them and the people in their teams.
Open Body Language
Have open body language, e.g. don’t fold your arms. Be warm and friendly.
If you follow all of these tips it should give you an edge against the competition as not all other candidates will follow all these interview tips.
You need, therefore, every little bt of help you can to put yourself that little bt a head of the competition.