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    Hi,

    I've decided to run away from my permy role and become a contractor. I'm still serving my notice period which takes me up to the end of January, so a little time to read/research this stuff.

    I've already decided on the Accounting company and to go the Limited route.

    I want to be prepared as much as possible. I'm going to invest in a good Interview book, I'm thinking about: Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions.

    Does anybody else know of, or recommend another good book for the IT Contractor Interview experience / process?

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeB View Post
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    IT Contractor Interview experience / process?

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    Contractor interviews are easy. Usually a quick call phone call and an informal chat. Getting the interviews is where your focus should be...

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    I would be wary of buying any interview books, as interviews for contracts are very different from interview's for permie roles. At the very basic level a permie interview is to see how you as a person would fit into the company, however a contract interview is what value you can offer to the client.
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    OK, Thanks guys. I'll forget the interview book idea, just a bit of new-to-contracting nerves on my part.

    I probably just need to get a list of possible questions and make sure I'm not umm'ing and arr'ing too much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeB View Post
    OK, Thanks guys. I'll forget the interview book idea, just a bit of new-to-contracting nerves on my part.

    I probably just need to get a list of possible questions and make sure I'm not umm'ing and arr'ing too much!
    Your are being interviewed as you are supposedly and expert in your field, make sure you are tulip hot on what you do, they won't care when you think you will be in 5 years time.
    “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

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    I have been asked the 'where do you see yourself in five years' kind of questions, but I don't answer them in the way they are meant to be answered.
    All the client wants to know is can you do the job so swot up on technical/business skills.
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    Dress according you your client as well. Worth doing a bit of research of asking the agent.
    If it is public sector being suited and booted in a pinstripe suit complete with tie, cufflinks etc will not tick the 'team fit' box with the two tank top wearing inverviewers.
    Conversely pair of brown cords will not endear you to large global consultacy companies.

    Do not demonstrate your skills by producing documentation with your ex-employers name on it still.

    Learn the difference between a contractor and permie and do not ask about things that do not concern you i.e. Steer away from asking about office time, canteen arragements, when yearly wage rises are given etc.
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    I go to any interview graciously providing the (potential) client with one hours free consultancy. This mainly involves listening to them and asking the right questions.

    Works for me
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    Thanks Guys,

    I'm really looking forward to the contracting game. I think its going to be fun

    Just wish my permy notice period would hurry up and get out the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeB View Post
    Thanks Guys,

    I'm really looking forward to the contracting game. I think its going to be fun

    Just wish my permy notice period would hurry up and get out the way!
    Good luck George and have lots of fun.

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