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Unexpected Questions That Often Trip Up A Contractor During An Interview

Working with your professional representative you should be acutely aware of what your value is in the eyes of that organisation

Published on 13 February 2014

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by ProfessionalRep.net


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Contractors could be at a significant disadvantage in an interview situation if they don’t know what’s coming up. It’s the fear of the unknown that often relegates an interviewee to the status of a quivering wreck by the time it’s all said and done. Professional Representation Network wants to draw the attention of contractors to some of the more unusual questions a contractor might be expected to face in an interview.

Here are five examples:

Are you considering other organisations?

There’s nothing wrong with mentioning the fact that you may be talking with other organisations, although perhaps you should be suitably vague when it comes to identifying any names. Of course, you do want to assure the interviewer that you’re only considering relevant positions within your industry circles and never want to give the impression that you’re completely hedging your bets and considering work in other areas.

Where do you see the industry going?

Think about this in advance and come up with some sensible, interesting and not too controversial answers in relation to your field. This isn’t the time to get on your soapbox and try to preach about a new direction. You don’t want to be controversial however as your views may counter the actual views of the interviewer, or in fact argue with the trend for that organisation as a whole.

How much do you want?

Working with your professional representative you should be acutely aware of what your value is in the eyes of that organisation. You would be aware of what contractors generally get paid in the current marketplace and according to the experience that you have. It’s best to nominate a range rather than an individual amount here and to back up your reasoning.

Talk about a time when you were criticised.

Here the interviewer is looking to see how you deal with adversity. You should choose an occasion that isn’t steeped in too much controversy, but show yourself in a positive light so that all parties came out on top. Show that you learned from the situation and can apply your learning to good effect.

Why did you leave your last position?

This calls for a subtle answer that does not put you or the previous organisation in a bad light at all. Perhaps you could indicate that you’re always looking for career growth and to be tested as far as your abilities are concerned.


The Professional Representation Network is a complete contracting provider, providing a variety of services to contractors from varying industries around the world. Professional Representation Network identifies opportunities, negotiates contracts and provides support to contractors at every stage of the relationship. Relying on 40 years of experience in consulting and representation and access to an established network, Professional Representation Network brings passion to help develop a contractor’s professional life.





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Posted 2014-02-13 12:32:00