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TheLordDave
21st October 2015, 19:36
When I first started contracting I would scattergun apply. Get several interviews, mess a few up then finally get a role.

The one I just accepted was the only application I bothered firing off and the agent actually called me about it rather than via the usual boards.

I wonder if my behaviour has become more risky or more confident, as I had absolutely no backup if this didn't come in. The war chest is depleted with the home move and recent Spanish coma shenanigans.


In recent years I have tended to get the first role I interviewed for. Not sure if I have just got better at interviewing or not.

How does the panel tend to get on? Do you get most roles you go for? Or do you have to get a few practise interviews in first?

TheLordDave
21st October 2015, 19:37
*your

Whorty
21st October 2015, 19:39
Pretty much 100% if I get the interview :happy I've had 6 interviews with one agency and never failed an interview .... they love me :cool: But then I am a pretty amazing:smokin

MicrosoftBob
21st October 2015, 19:40
My hit rate is lot better than for permie jobs, but then you don't get asked so many stupid questions and want to punch the interviewer

But as I haven't had an interview for nearly five years, next time might not be so easy

Cirrus
21st October 2015, 19:40
My median figures are:

Duration 4 months
Leads 100
Put-forwards 13
Interviews 5

FatLazyContractor
21st October 2015, 19:45
But then I am a pretty amazing:smokin

Forgot password for your MarillionFan ID ?

VectraMan
21st October 2015, 19:56
I've mostly got the roles I've interviewed for; I think only one I didn't because of me and a couple where the client changed plans etc. However it's seemed the contract roles for me are few and I apply for a lot and get nowhere. So I'm probably better in person than I am on paper. Maybe I don't BS enough on my cv.

NibblyPig
21st October 2015, 19:57
Hard part is getting an interview, it's plain sailing from then on.

AtW
21st October 2015, 19:57
Pretty much 100% if I get the interview :happy I've had 6 interviews with one agency and never failed an interview .... they love me :cool: But then I am a pretty amazing:smokin

Are you MF's sockie?

diseasex
21st October 2015, 20:06
I'll post my stats here but I consider myself lucky until today . That might change , need more data :D
2 interviews for contracting
2 contracts

Countless of permie interviews for practice , even for roles I didn't want, so I guess I learned how to sell myself properly.

I also find it much easier to interview for contract, than permie. For example I was turned down, once , for decent permie role for being "idealistic" :D - that feedback made me go contracting where only skill matters and not bullshit

MarillionFan
21st October 2015, 20:11
Forgot password for your MarillionFan ID ?


Are you MF's sockie?

39/40

40 Interviews, 39 gigs over 20 years.

Used to be undefeated, but came 'a second' about 6 years ago for a grand a day gig, when I was told I didn't have enough 'executive' experience.

Got it now though, in spades! :smokin

AtW
21st October 2015, 20:23
39/40

40 Interviews, 39 gigs over 20 years.

Used to be undefeated, but came 'a second' about 6 years ago for a grand a day gig, when I was told I didn't have enough 'executive' experience.

Got it now though, in spades! :smokin

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/ae/c4/9e/aec49e09e642d236046303be83d4a160.jpg

vwdan
21st October 2015, 20:36
**** knows how they decide who and who not to interview because I seem to miss out on some perfect roles, but if I can get an interview I'm pretty much sorted. I've only ever not been offered a role after an interview once in my life - and that was the time I fell out with and argued with the foreign consultancy interviewer who messed me around and then wasted my time with stupid questions.

In all fairness though, I've had a pretty linear career path and I don't bullshit so if they're taking the time to talk to me I'm probably the right person.

MarillionFan
22nd October 2015, 06:37
**** knows how they decide who and who not to interview because I seem to miss out on some perfect roles, but if I can get an interview I'm pretty much sorted. I've only ever not been offered a role after an interview once in my life - and that was the time I fell out with and argued with the foreign consultancy interviewer who messed me around and then wasted my time with stupid questions.

In all fairness though, I've had a pretty linear career path and I don't bulltulip so if they're taking the time to talk to me I'm probably the right person.

WHS

Getting an interview is the tricky bit. You'll spend a lot of time chasing gigs, fake or real, but once I got an interview I was always super confident I'd get it on my technical skills over others as I also bought business skills

Not sure that would be the case now if I went back into the fray as my technical skills are pretty weak these days

FatLazyContractor
22nd October 2015, 06:44
Not sure that would be the case now if I went back into the fray as my technical skills are pretty weak these days

Yes, back in the day I had a six pack, was the best flanker at my school Rugby, famous for shagging 16 ladies of my batch at Uni and a lot more.

FatLazyContractor
22nd October 2015, 06:47
39/40

40 Interviews, 39 gigs over 20 years.



I do believe you.

You attended 40 interviews and 39 of them told you to go and shave bull's balls. One of them decided to hire you and set a precedent in the company. Do you still work for Fanny May ?

MarillionFan
22nd October 2015, 06:54
Just because you've been on the bench all summer desperately looking for a contract, sitting there at your kitchen table with your laptop for hours on end, rocking back and forth, sucking your thumb and sobbing to the missus about how life is so unfair and reminiscing about when you used to stick your head up other men's arses, just remember that some of us on here are always downright successful.

FatLazyContractor
22nd October 2015, 06:58
Just because you've been on the bench all summer desperately looking for a contract, sitting there at your kitchen table with your laptop for hours on end, rocking back and forth, sucking your thumb and sobbing to the missus about how life is so unfair and reminiscing about when you used to stick your head up other men's arses, just remember that some of us on here always think we are downright successful.

FTFY :laugh:rollin::laugh

I'll let Suity reply to that insult :smokin

psychocandy
22nd October 2015, 07:52
I must admit it does seem to be random how you get selected for interview. I've had roles spot on no interview, and then had interviews for roles I've got not a lot of experience.

Same with attending interview. Sometimes you turn up, and after 5 mins you know its in the bag, sometimes you know its a non runner. And then sometimes you think nah and you get offered.

Best type of interviews are where its a short, unstructured get to know you friendly chat. Worse type are technical ones where they ask stupid obscure questions to catch you (worse of these being a panel of Bobs = nightmare as they all show off to each other!)

psychocandy
22nd October 2015, 08:00
I do believe you.

You attended 40 interviews and 39 of them told you to go and shave bull's balls. One of them decided to hire you and set a precedent in the company. Do you still work for Fanny May ?

Complete shite this "I've got all the gigs I ever went for interview for". Complete and utter shite.

I reckon my hit rate is about 25% at best. I've been for interviews where I know it was never going to happen.

Had one where the realed off 40 questions on 4 different subjects (2 of which I knew nothing about and didn't have on my CV). I still had 25/40! but they gave to the highest scorer.

And I've had Bob interviews where they've asked the most stupid obscure questions known to man. Then you see it back on jobserve time and time again as the Bobs try to find someone whos 'perfect'.

MarillionFan
22nd October 2015, 08:10
Complete tulipe this "I've got all the gigs I ever went for interview for". Complete and utter tulipe.

I reckon my hit rate is about 25% at best. I've been for interviews where I know it was never going to happen.

Had one where the realed off 40 questions on 4 different subjects (2 of which I knew nothing about and didn't have on my CV). I still had 25/40! but they gave to the highest scorer.

And I've had Bob interviews where they've asked the most stupid obscure questions known to man. Then you see it back on jobserve time and time again as the Bobs try to find someone whos 'perfect'.

Actually totally true. I have attested to my running count on CUK since 1997.

When I first started I had some particular niche skills and always got the gig. I rarely worked in IT, always in the business where they wanted someone with BI/Reporting/MIS skills because IT couldn't deliver and understand the requirements. I am the bain of IT morons, was then, still am now.:bluelight

MarillionFan
22nd October 2015, 08:14
Actually totally true. I have attested to my running count on CUK since 1997.

When I first started I had some particular niche skills and always got the gig. I rarely worked in IT, always in the business where they wanted someone with BI/Reporting/MIS skills because IT couldn't deliver and understand the requirements. I am the bain of IT morons, was then, still am now.:bluelight

Just before this one.

http://forums.contractoruk.com/business-contracts/84307-whats-your-record-number-consecutive-interviews-before-landing-contract-4.html#post1652920

My first loss :-(

http://forums.contractoruk.com/general/52993-no-failed-my-first-interview.html

PurpleGorilla
22nd October 2015, 08:23
39/40

40 Interviews, 39 gigs over 20 years.

Used to be undefeated, but came 'a second' about 6 years ago for a grand a day gig, when I was told I didn't have enough 'executive' experience.

Got it now though, in spades! :smokin

http://media.washtimes.com.s3.amazonaws.com/media/image/2012/05/24/20120524-220920-pic-995019123.jpg

Aiming high?

rl4engc
22nd October 2015, 09:52
My hit rate is lot better than for permie jobs, but then you don't get asked so many stupid questions and want to punch the interviewer

^^ This.

Last permie interview they phoned me to say "They were very happy with your technical ability, however you failed the psychometric tests so we won't be proceeding.." It was some online thing from a self-proclaimed subject matter expert in America apparently; it deduced I'd be tulip at something even though I answered everything non-controvertially.. :rolleyes:

Had 3 more contract interviews since then and got them all straight away, usually the holy grail "finish on Friday, start on Monday" too.

vetran
22nd October 2015, 11:04
Hit rate

99 to 1


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This new method of mine
Might not work every time, but then again no method will
I've been spat at and slapped
and kneed in the nackers
But then I've got a few f**** as well

MaryPoppins
22nd October 2015, 12:27
In all fairness though, I've had a pretty linear career path and I don't bulltulip so if they're taking the time to talk to me I'm probably the right person.

WHS

I think I've been offered all but one roles I've interviewed for. Even the one I fell over during, so I consider that a win.

northernladuk
22nd October 2015, 12:36
After interviewing 9 contractors recently I can imagine many people on here who are interested enough to post with their peers will have a pretty high hit rate. There must a whole raft of people out there that have endless interviews for the two or three contracts on their CV and the only way they can get end to end gigs is by bailing to a new client.

MrMarkyMark
22nd October 2015, 12:40
All but 2 over 15 years for me :smokin.

The 2 refusals, I have had, I'm not even sure whether the role went ahead.
On one occasion, at least, I know that to be true.



I reckon my hit rate is about 25% at best.

:suicide:

northernladuk
22nd October 2015, 12:43
Complete shite this "I've got all the gigs I ever went for interview for". Complete and utter shite.

I reckon my hit rate is about 25% at best. I've been for interviews where I know it was never going to happen.

Had one where the realed off 40 questions on 4 different subjects (2 of which I knew nothing about and didn't have on my CV). I still had 25/40! but they gave to the highest scorer.

And I've had Bob interviews where they've asked the most stupid obscure questions known to man. Then you see it back on jobserve time and time again as the Bobs try to find someone whos 'perfect'.

I have. One exception was where the role I was interviewing for didn't match the spec so in the interview we agreed it was in neither of out interests to continue so we left it.

So it's not crap.

Your 25% figures...

Pogle
22nd October 2015, 12:44
I dont really keep track of what I got and what I didnt. All I know is that since Feb 2009 I've been on the bench < 4 months :D
I DO know that if its a technical interview, I usually get the contract

MarillionFan
22nd October 2015, 12:49
I got kicked out a contract once after I'd started. I wonder if that counts as a draw :-)

MrMarkyMark
22nd October 2015, 13:31
The thing is when we have such discussions on here, is everyones situation / skills / market is different.

if you have many, many, years in a specialism and a solidy built reputation you should fail very few interviews.
This also links directly into the coversation, with regards to, how much experience you had, in a discipline before you set out contracting.

If you are a pretty useless, lazy, jack of all trades, with few years experience, then your hit rate is going to be lower.

WTFH
22nd October 2015, 13:59
In the last 4 years (3 roles), I've been "interviewed" once and that was to discuss my role in the project with the team I'd be joining. On all 3 occasions the client contacted the agent and asked for me specifically, or contacted me directly.


So, 3 different contracts, I didn't apply for any of them and was only interviewed for one. What does that make my recent hit rate? 300%?


If we look further back over 15+ years, the interview to job rate is probably 75% ish. I appear to be able to talk myself into jobs.

vetran
22nd October 2015, 14:08
After interviewing 9 contractors recently I can imagine many people on here who are interested enough to post with their peers will have a pretty high hit rate. There must a whole raft of people out there that have endless interviews for the two or three contracts on their CV and the only way they can get end to end gigs is by bailing to a new client.

You have seen my CV??????

I like the changing clients

I was going to say Love Suity/MF/PC but I might get in trouble.

MrMarkyMark
22nd October 2015, 15:07
On all 3 occasions the client contacted the agent and asked for me specifically, or contacted me directly.
So, 3 different contracts, I didn't apply for any of them and was only interviewed for one. What does that make my recent hit rate? 300%?

Thats the way to do it, well done :smile

FatLazyContractor
22nd October 2015, 20:34
I got kicked out a contract once after I'd started. I wonder if that counts as a draw :-)

Only once ? :laugh

northernladuk
22nd October 2015, 23:28
Only once ? :laugh

He's only had one contract. Just saying like.