How To Interview To Be An Independent Contractor

So, you read our last post about the benefits of being an independent contractor and decided you want to give it a shot; congratulations on your decision. Now comes the next part, and it’s the hardest part; convincing someone that you’re worthy for consideration.

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the same town as your staffing agent, the interview process will be much different than what you’re used to. Often, it takes more than just a good resume to be considered for a high paying independent contractor position. You might be able to get away with being average for a local working position such as being an independent billing professional, but if you’re looking to step up your game, well, you’re going to have to step up your game.

One thing you’ll have to get used to is talking about yourself more strongly than you might in a normal interview. You’re going to want to talk about your accomplishments as much as possible; you have to hope to have had some accomplishments to speak of. Truthfully, everyone has accomplishments; it sometimes takes a critical eye to be able to discern how you brought value to your previous employer.

Another thing to get used to is talking about money up front. There’s a fine balance in trying to determine what you’re worth, and you might find that you’re going to be asked what justification you have for asking for a certain dollar amount. Do you do something that’s hard to find, such as diagnosis coding or charge master? Have you a background where you reduced receivables by a big amount over a short period of time? Have you worked in large well known facilities? Do you know the ins and outs of home health care billing?

Whatever you can find that sets you apart from everyone else, you’ll want to prop that up. It helps to be known for something special, but it also helps to be known as someone who can be counted upon. Do you have what it takes? Can you convey that? If so, go for it.