Freelancers and contractors may have to attend more job interviews than most. It’s a chance to hone your skills.
As a freelancer or contractor, it’s likely that you will have to go for more job interviews than the average employee.
Contracts have the tendency to roll over quite frequently (depending on your industry) and therefore, it is very important that you have good interview skills.
The following job interview tips can help you prepare for interview success:
Preparation is key and it will improve your chance of success in an interview. It is important to research the company, as well as the position you are applying for.
This will improve your understanding of the role you will potentially be fulfilling and the company’s products or services.
Read through the job description thoroughly and make sure you know any technical jargon that you do not understand. It is very possible that it will come up in the questions that the interviewer asks. Also, try to understand the challenges the client may be facing and come up with possible solutions.
Take some time before the interview to read over your CV. This is a good way to review your work experience.
Pick out experiences in your CV that specifically relate to the job’s description and your role. This will prove your ability to do the job. Recall past achievements and ensure that you are able to present these with confidence.
This may seem silly, but it is useful to practise a few answers to the typical questions that may be asked in an interview. This is a good way to ensure that you include all the important information in your answers, and it will prevent you from being completely thrown-off by questions you did not anticipate.
Not all people will conduct an interview in the same manner, but by knowing the basic structure of an interview, you will feel more prepared and relaxed when going into an interview.
Below is one example of a basic interview structure:
It is extremely important to listen carefully to the interviewer so that you can ask the right questions. This will demonstrate that you are interested in the company. Interviewers like it when you interact and engage in conversation.
Take notes when the client starts addressing the project details etc as this will also help to demonstrate your interest.
A good gesture would be to email the interviewer after the interview and thank them for their time.
If you are unsuccessful in an interview and you are not granted the contract, see it as a lesson and review your interview experience. Use it as an opportunity for further growth and preparation for your next interview.
Ask yourself, “Did I prepare enough and did I do enough research”?
If you feel that there were questions you couldn’t answer with ease then practise different ways of answering those questions.
Remember, always relax, smile and use eye contact. Dress appropriately and look presentable.
By following the above tips, you should be well prepared and have the necessary resources to succeed in your next interview.
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