I asked our recruiting team to give a few pointers to independent contractors to help them increase their probability of success in job interviews. Here is what they came up with …
1. Learn a little about the company you are interviewing with. Your agency should give you some information, but you can take a look at their website, read their annual report and perhaps some of their recent press releases.
2. First Impressions Count! Know all the details about whom you are meeting.
3. First Impressions Count! Be sure to know where you are going and get there on time … or even a little early.
4. First Impressions Count! Dress appropriately for the occasion!
5. Bring your resume. Some contractors have a “long form” resume that gives more detail about their work. This can be useful to an interviewer.
6. Prepare for the interview. What questions might they ask you?
7. Prepare some questions for them. About the role, the team, the project, the environment etc.
8. Be confident (but not arrogant) and answer questions directly. Don’t try to avoid questions, if you don’t know the answer then “fess up”!
9. Try to relax, smile, hold eye contact and be friendly with your interviewer.
10. Be aware of annoying habits that you may have when under pressure … tapping or clicking your pen, scratching your head, sniffing etc. and avoid them!
Contractors typically will have hundreds of interviews in their career and a little preparation goes a long way!