(Greetings from God's own county, Yorkshire, where I'm on holiday and visiting friends. I may publish some photos with comentary later but, firstly, some good news!)
I have a job and will be starting on Monday. At least three agencies mentioned one particular engineering company to me, saying they were expanding. It was serendipity. Not only had they purchased the highway's maintenance division of one of my earlier employers (WSA) in 2013 but, in a twist of fate, my new boss very nearly became my boss at WSA 10 years ago. I left WSA in December 2006. My old boss resigned in April 2007 and my new boss (NB) took that job, working there until he was made redundant.
Actually, I think that is why I got an interview. NB didn't have a vacancy to fill but he wanted to meet the woman who was responsible for implementing a certain billing system in his old business when he saw it on my CV. In fact, it was one of the first things he mentioned. I jokingly apologised, saying "Yes, it was all my fault" before mentioning that while I'd scoped out the parameters, tested the system and parallel run the system, it was RD who had tailored it for us from the original system he'd built for a rail joint venture. I gave credit where credit was due, which seemed to impress him.
In most respects, it was more of a chat than an interview. This was a sounding out, similar in many ways with the first interview I had at my most recent employer. (When they first saw me, they didn't have a job to fill either but they liked me so found me a project.). I was asked questions about what I'd done and my skills, along the lines of "We may need to do xxx. Can you do that?". We also discussed the business and the UK divisions. We talked about their safety culture and how it intermeshed with the one I'd worked in for nearly 10 years. I asked about their performance metrics (Yay! They don't use billability.). By the time I left their offices, I was sure I had a job if they could figure out how to justify it. (In fact, as he showed me out, the second interviewer told me that if it was down to him, he'd offer me one on the spot.).
The job offer, when it came through, was for an initial three month contract. Given that they didn't really have a vacancy, just a lot of tasks that need doing, this makes some sense. They really want to secure my services for something. I don't know my job title or what I'll be doing. They actually wanted me to start on the 12th - even though I had holidays booked for this week (last week of September) - but I had to get my permanent residency visa updated to a biometric one, thanks to new legislation, so my start has been delayed.
Wish me luck on Monday.