Questions you should ask yourself before becoming an interim

Written by Nigel Simpkins

Working within the interim sector can be extremely rewarding. However, it also comes with its downsides. Therefore, if you’re thinking of getting into an interim role, it’s important to determine whether or not it’s the right option for you.

Here, we’ll look at some of the top questions you should ask yourself before becoming an interim.

Am I looking for flexibility over when and how I work?

One of the biggest benefits of interim work is its flexibility. You’ll get to choose when and how you work to some extent. You won’t be employed by the companies you work with. Instead, you’ll be working on a contract basis.

Of course, this means you’ll also have little stability. However, the flexibility of interim work does tend to appeal to those looking for a position that fits in around their home life. The flexibility of the roles also means you’ll benefit from a varied workload.

Am I comfortable with the idea that my work might get a bit lonely at times?

One thing many people don’t prepare for when entering interim jobs, is the potential loneliness of the role. While you’ll be in an office with others, it can be difficult to make new work friends, particularly if you’re coming in as an interim manager. The fact you are only there for a short time period means workers may not make the same effort to get to know you as they would if you were joining full time.

Then, when you leave there’s no leaving do and no heartfelt goodbyes. In fact, many interim managers find staff dislike them due to the changes being made. So, if you’re looking for a job where you’ll get to make strong working relationships, interim roles may not be for you.

Can I challenge senior people and avoid office politics?

As an interim, your job is to help a business make the changes required to move forward. This can mean challenging senior members of staff who may have different ideas. Are you comfortable challenging senior figures? If not, this might not be the type of role for you.

Am I comfortable with potential downtime?

Finally, another thing you’ll need to consider is whether you’re comfortable with downtime. Interim jobs are only temporary. When you’ve finished up with one job, you may face a little wait before you can find another. This is true even if you go through an agency to find HR interim jobs. So, think about whether you’re comfortable financially to wait a while between jobs.

These are just some of the main questions you should ask yourself before becoming an interim. Like any career choice, it has its ups and its downs. Being aware of the potential downsides can help you to determine if interim work is right for you.