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Never mind the fluff: The 20 question interview

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Freelancers are curious people. They wouldn’t survive otherwise. That’s why they love to hear how others broke into this weird and wonderful world of work and how they are improving their game.

The Never Mind the Fluff 20 question interview aims to ask questions that reveal what isn’t on your CV, portfolio or social media profile. That’s how we hope to reveal the real you. Humour is not only welcome but encouraged.

Here’s what you can expect…

The 20 questions

  1. What’s your first name/what do people call you (on a good day)?
  2. What’s the best thing that happened to you this year? This month? Today?
  3. How would you describe what you do for a living?
  4. What was the main factor befind your decision to go independent?
  5. What do you love the most about being freelance/contractor/self-employed? What do you dislike the most?
  6. What business structure have you chosen (e.g., limited company, sole trader, PAYE/agency contractor, etc.?). Any tips for budding freelancers on why you’ve chosen this structure?
  7. Craziest/oddest request that you have had from a client, recruiter or customer?
  8. At which point did your freelance/contractor income validate your decision to go independent?
  9. If you had to accept a contract that was inside IR35, would it make you feel like an employee or something different?
  10. The question that recruiters/clients ask that makes you cringe?
  11. What do you do to switch off work?
  12. In your inner circle what are you known for?
  13. Do you ask clients for testimonials and if so what do you do with them?
  14. How do you determine/justify your rate to clients or recruiters?
  15. Do you use social media to land new business/promote your services? If so, which site has worked best for you?
  16. Are you having to upskill to remain competitive? If so, what was the latest thing that you leanred to do?
  17. Have you ever had to quit a client? If so, how did the break up go?
  18. Proudest moment?
  19. Which actor or comeidan or famous person would best play you if your life became the plot of a major film?
  20. What are three things you can’t live without as an independent worker?

We’ve given you the questions. We know you have the answers. Link up with our editorial team to email your responses, tell it to us old school over the phone or like it’s 2021 – over video call at editor@freelanceinformer.com

Know a freelancer that would make a great interview, nominate them!

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