This question comes from a contractor whose client wants to renew but he has an interview arranged.
I have been looking for new jobs recently as it has come closer to the end of my contract. I have an interview set up on Friday.
However, since they set up the interview was I got a renewal at my current company. What should I do? I don‘t like letting people down and the agency seem very keen.
Should I go to the interview just to please the agency, or should I just tell them that I got a renewal.
Dr McLaughlin’s IT Contractor Surgery
If you‘re worried about upsetting people, just think how much more upset they would be if you actually get the job and then turn them down.
The agency would be on the phone to you all the time trying to talk you into taking it.
They don‘t give up easily when they have a juicy morsel they are just waiting to devour. They‘ll try everything from cajoling to anger.
If it‘s just about upsetting people I would definitely tell them now that you got a renewal.
Go For the Interview
What would I do in that situation?
I‘d go to the interview!
If it was a job that I want, I‘d tell my current client that I wasn‘t renewing if the contract wasn‘t signed, and if it was signed I‘d give a month‘s notice.
Even if there is no notice clause in the contract I‘d still tell them that I wanted to go. No one wants to keep on a worker who doesn‘t want to work there.
If you’ve got an interview arranged, see this as an opportunity.
Even if I decided that I wanted to keep my present contract I‘d still go to the interview. This is one for the future. This is a potential future client for when you‘ve finished your present contract.
Future Client Prospect
I‘d get as many contact details as possible when I was there, e.g. telephone number, email address. One should make a database of the all the places where one goes for interview, and even those places where they send your CV was.
These are the places that are likely to take you in the future. You might even be able to go direct sometime down the line. However, even if they don‘t take people direct, you can ask them which agencies are on the Preferred Supplier List and then do a deal with one of those.
After all, they wanted you once and they saw a competitor beat them to you. They now know they value you highly at a place where you work.
People in IT don‘t do enough in the way of marketing themselves, or indeed of keeping a marketing database. Everyone who wants to see you is a potential future client.
You should take and nurture these opportunities, not throw them away.
If you have an interview arranged, go to it. It’s a no lose situation for you.