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The interview process for contract positions is usually a much quicker process than for permanent positions and it’s essential that you go into every meeting as prepared as possible.
First impressions count, so make sure you’re there at least 10 minutes early. Always wear a suit and tie even if you think the company might have a relaxed policy towards business attire.
Arriving late to an interview looking a bit dishevelled will put you straight on the back foot, and leave you behind all the other candidates in the frame.
Before you arrive, do your homework. Make sure you know the name of the person you’re meeting, how to pronounce it correctly and what their job title is.
Do your research on the company. The person interviewing you will want to know why you’re the right person for the job.
Has the company been in the press recently?
Are they about to launch a new product?
Do you have an idea of their turnover, what their current industry trends are and what their competitors are doing?
Are there any changes in legislation they’ll need to adhere to and are you the right person with the right knowledge and the ability to help them make those changes?
The interview is your chance to sell yourself and you need to rehearse. You need to prepare a list of previous achievements, and be ready to talk about your key skills, and how you fit the job description, to make it obvious that you’re the right candidate for the job.
It’s also important to try and stay relaxed, and not panic too much. It’s only an interview, and there’ll be plenty more. And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get offered a job every time. At Transition we’ve all been there too!
Remember, if you’ve got any questions, please do get in touch. We are only a phone call or email away.
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