How to Interview for a Contractor Role

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As a contractor you will find that because of the nature of the job with having to find new contracts on a regular basis, you will probably have to go through a lot more interviews compared to a permanent worker. As long as you have a good CV and are well prepared, you can be successful at finding work.

As a contractor, although you might be lucky enough to find a long-term client, for the majority of the time you will need to be looking for work on a regular basis.

This means that you will have to be highly motivated with finding contracts, but it will also mean that you gain so much more experience and skills compared to a permanent worker.

Whether you are a contractor or permanent worker, a good CV is a vital starting point for finding new work.

Creating a good Contractor CV

As a contractor, you might find that you don’t need a CV for every job that you apply for, however, it is best to have one put together for those times when a client may request one.

It is so important that you look as professional as possible and avoid any unnecessary mistakes, such as spelling and grammatical errors; so make sure you read through more than once to spot any issues.

It is also best to keep your CV to no more than two A4 pages, as any more than this could result in a potential client either losing interest or time to look through a lengthy document.

Make sure you include a personal statement that will sell your skills and let the reader see who you are and what you have to offer to their company.

Keep it relevant to the position and company you are applying for and ensure your experience, skills and qualifications stand out.

Preparation is key

Once you have an interview arranged, make sure you fully prepare yourself – find out where you have to be and how long it will take you to get there; first impressions are everything and so turning up late will not come across well to a potential client.

Make sure that you dress the part, find out who will be interviewing you if you can and do your research!

Find out what you can about the company, as you don’t want to be caught short should they ask what you know about them. This might also help you to think of ideas when it comes to that dreaded part of an interview, when they ask if you have any questions for them.

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A Contractor Interview

Unfortunately, an interview can be one of the most nerve wracking situations many people will face, so ensure that you give yourself enough time beforehand to find out where you’re going so that you can turn up a bit earlier and therefore try to relax and calm your nerves before the interview.

Other hints and tips:

Try to start the interview off looking confident, even if you’re not! Look your interviewer in the eye and don’t fidget or slouch. Of course, make sure you don’t go the complete opposite and come across as arrogant – try to find a good balance.

Sell yourself! Be sure to provide any examples that will support your achievements. Make sure you’re positive with all your answers and don’t focus on your weaknesses.

Ensure you listen carefully to everything the interviewer says, and look to ask questions not just at the end – but during too. Just make sure you don’t interrupt and try to keep a balance where it’s not just them or you talking the entire time.

Typical questions that you may be asked might be to describe a challenging situation you’ve experienced and how you coped and overcame it, why you applied for the position or your biggest accomplishment. This is worth thinking about beforehand so that you’re prepared for such questions.

At the end, be sure to thank your interviewer and try to find out when you should expect to hear whether you were successful or not.

To find out more about making the move to contracting, please call Jaime on 01442 795 100  or email jaime.thorpe@dolanaccountancy.com.

Why Dolan Accountancy?

Dolan Accountancy was set up by Simon J Dolan, the man behind the well-known brand SJD Accountancy. With over 25 years experience in the contracting marketing, Dolan Accountancy has the heritage, reputation and credibility you can trust. Working closely with our sister company, Contractor Umbrella, it means we can offer one low cost, fixed fee package at £95 + VAT per month. This gives you the flexibility of using both our Limited Company Accountancy Services and our award winning Umbrella Service, for one inclusive cost. We don’t believe in tiered packages or hidden extra fees, instead we aim to give you everything you need, including:

  • Free Company Formation – This is where it all begins. Once you have decided on an available name, we will form your company free of charge (if using our accountancy services) and it will be ready for you to use in as little as three hours.
  • Free use of Contractor Umbrella – With changes in Public Sector IR35 Legislation we understand that sometimes you are required to contract via an umbrella company. We will keep your limited company ticking over, while you work margin free via our sister company, Contractor Umbrella.
  • A Dedicated Accountant – Your accountant will be there for any company or personal tax advice that you require. We will never outsource work, even to internal teams.
  • Free Access to FreeAgent – The founder behind the multi award winning FreeAgent platform was one of Simon’s first clients, therefore it only seems fitting that we offer all of our clients access to FreeAgent, free of charge.
  • Free Business Banking – We have decided to waive our commission so our clients can use Tide free of charge for the first year.
  • Unlimited IR35 Status Reviews – We will review all of your contracts for IR35 purposes and provide you with our professional opinion as to its status.
  • Free Registered and Director’s Service Office Address – Sometimes you just don’t want your home address on display at Companies House. When you sign up to our accountancy services, we will offer the use of our address as an alternative.
  • Your Business and Personal Taxation Needs – This includes Company Accounts, Director’s Personal Tax Return, VAT Returns, Payroll, Corporation Tax and Dividend advice, to name just a few.
  • Same day payments- We offer same day payments as standard providing funds are received into our account by 9am, for no additional fee.

If you’d like to find out more about how Dolan Accountancy can help you and your business, please give us a call on 01442 795100 or email sophie.lewis@dolanaccountancy.com or jaime.thorpe@dolanaccountancy.com.

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