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skconsultant
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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by skconsultant » Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:31 pm

Its on day after Tomorrow, Lets see what happens?

Please guys share who had this experience


Thanks

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by dnf » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:57 pm

In my opinion, these interviews are aimed to consider the reliability of the documents provided plus genuine entrepreneur test.

If I was you, I would first have all the documents handy, that were provided with the application. The questions will relate to your business with respect to genuine entrepreneur test plus the extension requirements for e.g. director loan and employments.

The questions may revolve around:

1. How do you conduct your business from advertisement, signing new contracts to advertising for employments for hiring employees. Employment contracts are not required to be provided with extension application but is a usual practice of any business so keep them handy. They may also want to see some contracts between your company and the clients. Make sure that you have the employee identifications plus all the payslips and RTI ready.

2. They may want to know the source of funding used for the extension and your previous experience related to the business you are current involved in.

3. They may ask the systems in place i.e. how often you get paid from the clients and how?

4. They may ask the job description of each employee

5. They can ask tricky questions as to how much tax you have paid since you have been in the business, which may include corporation tax and employment taxes. You should jot down notes and be able to answer these questions. You can also take your time reviewing these documents before answering as me being an accountant cannot remember the amount of taxes paid in the last 3 years. You may want to ask this question from your accountant to be prepared

In summary, as a genuine entrepreneur, you should have answers to all the questions they may ask. One cannot remember the answer to every question raised so be prepared to look into your records before answering.

I wish you good luck with your interview and remember, if you are a genuine entrepreneur than you have nothing to fear. Confidence is the key here and there is no reason to panic. Take a deep breath, enjoy the interview and ask the interviewer if you can bill him for the time that you spent at the rate you bill your clients. You may want to offer him some discount The highlighted lines are not to be taken seriously...

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by skconsultant » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:16 pm

Well said dnf.

Hats off

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by heyaheya » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:27 pm

dnf wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:57 pm
In my opinion, these interviews are aimed to consider the reliability of the documents provided plus genuine entrepreneur test.

If I was you, I would first have all the documents handy, that were provided with the application. The questions will relate to your business with respect to genuine entrepreneur test plus the extension requirements for e.g. director loan and employments.

The questions may revolve around:

1. How do you conduct your business from advertisement, signing new contracts to advertising for employments for hiring employees. Employment contracts are not required to be provided with extension application but is a usual practice of any business so keep them handy. They may also want to see some contracts between your company and the clients. Make sure that you have the employee identifications plus all the payslips and RTI ready.

2. They may want to know the source of funding used for the extension and your previous experience related to the business you are current involved in.

3. They may ask the systems in place i.e. how often you get paid from the clients and how?

4. They may ask the job description of each employee

5. They can ask tricky questions as to how much tax you have paid since you have been in the business, which may include corporation tax and employment taxes. You should jot down notes and be able to answer these questions. You can also take your time reviewing these documents before answering as me being an accountant cannot remember the amount of taxes paid in the last 3 years. You may want to ask this question from your accountant to be prepared

In summary, as a genuine entrepreneur, you should have answers to all the questions they may ask. One cannot remember the answer to every question raised so be prepared to look into your records before answering.

I wish you good luck with your interview and remember, if you are a genuine entrepreneur than you have nothing to fear. Confidence is the key here and there is no reason to panic. Take a deep breath, enjoy the interview and ask the interviewer if you can bill him for the time that you spent at the rate you bill your clients. You may want to offer him some discount The highlighted lines are not to be taken seriously...
Beautiful... I jus cant stop reading .. U described evything so well. M sure ppl who are going to have interview will be moe relaxed and confident.
Thats why they say its all about how u say things.. Thanks to thus forum and lovely ppl like u alll.. God bless u tc
Regard,❤️

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by NButt » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:11 pm

Hello everyone
I had an interview today on my premises.
Im on 50k category.
They had a long questionnaire. Interview duration was two hours.
All they want is how you are running your business. They asked about advertisment and expenses.
Employees past experience and qualifications.
Latest bank statement and questions about recent transactions. Asked about busniess insurance.
They took loads of copies for online advertisements which i did on differnt sites in last one year (i saved every single print for that and they took all of them)
I did several market researches they took all that questionares with them.
Even the documents which i submitted at the time of extension they took all again. When i asked why you need them again as i have already sent to HO. They said we are different dept. And we need all of them again. Even they asked about some documents which i provided in my intial application.my advice is get ready with a printer for lots of printing.
They took lots of pics of my office as well.
Any further question if anybody want to ask...i am happy to help.
Thank you

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by Minnzzy » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:24 pm

NButt wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:11 pm
Hello everyone
I had an interview today on my premises.
Im on 50k category.
They had a long questionnaire. Interview duration was two hours.
All they want is how you are running your business. They asked about advertisment and expenses.
Employees past experience and qualifications.
Latest bank statement and questions about recent transactions. Asked about busniess insurance.
They took loads of copies for online advertisements which i did on differnt sites in last one year (i saved every single print for that and they took all of them)
I did several market researches they took all that questionares with them.
Even the documents which i submitted at the time of extension they took all again. When i asked why you need them again as i have already sent to HO. They said we are different dept. And we need all of them again. Even they asked about some documents which i provided in my intial application.my advice is get ready with a printer for lots of printing.
They took lots of pics of my office as well.
Any further question if anybody want to ask...i am happy to help.
Thank you
Did they mention by when you would get the outcome of the application?

Yes it sounds somewhat similar to my interview in my case the officer took a lot of time and also asked my initial entries to UK, different visas, duration, lots of personal information, source of funding, licences etc. hence we completed in 4 hours. It was a form where you were to sign on the last page to verify the information is correct ? Yes they are asking all these questions basically in my opinion trying to assess if you are actually running the business still or not and taking more recent documentation as proof to fill the gap.

All the Best.

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by NButt » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:51 pm

Minnzzy wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:24 pm
NButt wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:11 pm
Hello everyone
I had an interview today on my premises.
Im on 50k category.
They had a long questionnaire. Interview duration was two hours.
All they want is how you are running your business. They asked about advertisment and expenses.
Employees past experience and qualifications.
Latest bank statement and questions about recent transactions. Asked about busniess insurance.
They took loads of copies for online advertisements which i did on differnt sites in last one year (i saved every single print for that and they took all of them)
I did several market researches they took all that questionares with them.
Even the documents which i submitted at the time of extension they took all again. When i asked why you need them again as i have already sent to HO. They said we are different dept. And we need all of them again. Even they asked about some documents which i provided in my intial application.my advice is get ready with a printer for lots of printing.
They took lots of pics of my office as well.
Any further question if anybody want to ask...i am happy to help.
Thank you
Did they mention by when you would get the outcome of the application?

Yes it sounds somewhat similar to my interview in my case the officer took a lot of time and also asked my initial entries to UK, different visas, duration, lots of personal information, source of funding, licences etc. hence we completed in 4 hours. It was a form where you were to sign on the last page to verify the information is correct ? Yes they are asking all these questions basically in my opinion trying to assess if you are actually running the business still or not and taking more recent documentation as proof to fill the gap.

All the Best.
Yes...it was bit similar with your one..
And i am thankful to you as well....bcz your post was very helpful for me....best of luck

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by heyaheya » Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:31 pm

NButt wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:11 pm
Hello everyone
I had an interview today on my premises.
Im on 50k category.
They had a long questionnaire. Interview duration was two hours.
All they want is how you are running your business. They asked about advertisment and expenses.
Employees past experience and qualifications.
Latest bank statement and questions about recent transactions. Asked about busniess insurance.
They took loads of copies for online advertisements which i did on differnt sites in last one year (i saved every single print for that and they took all of them)
I did several market researches they took all that questionares with them.
Even the documents which i submitted at the time of extension they took all again. When i asked why you need them again as i have already sent to HO. They said we are different dept. And we need all of them again. Even they asked about some documents which i provided in my intial application.my advice is get ready with a printer for lots of printing.
They took lots of pics of my office as well.
Any further question if anybody want to ask...i am happy to help.
Thank you
hey thankku for sharing ur experience.. did they tell u before coming as i have not seen ur any post in which u have said that they are coming to visit u or it was surprise ... i can see in one post that u applied in feb. 2 hours is not too bad... what is nature of ur business and how many ppl were they interviewing u ? how many years have u been in england.as ur on 50k ., u should be here for quite long time. good luck for evything .. u sound positive about ur interview.... u had employee working for u still and how is ur office like,.many thanks ....
good luck dear..
take care

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by NButt » Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:46 pm

heyaheya wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:31 pm
NButt wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:11 pm
Hello everyone
I had an interview today on my premises.
Im on 50k category.
They had a long questionnaire. Interview duration was two hours.
All they want is how you are running your business. They asked about advertisment and expenses.
Employees past experience and qualifications.
Latest bank statement and questions about recent transactions. Asked about busniess insurance.
They took loads of copies for online advertisements which i did on differnt sites in last one year (i saved every single print for that and they took all of them)
I did several market researches they took all that questionares with them.
Even the documents which i submitted at the time of extension they took all again. When i asked why you need them again as i have already sent to HO. They said we are different dept. And we need all of them again. Even they asked about some documents which i provided in my intial application.my advice is get ready with a printer for lots of printing.
They took lots of pics of my office as well.
Any further question if anybody want to ask...i am happy to help.
Thank you
hey thankku for sharing ur experience.. did they tell u before coming as i have not seen ur any post in which u have said that they are coming to visit u or it was surprise ... i can see in one post that u applied in feb. 2 hours is not too bad... what is nature of ur business and how many ppl were they interviewing u ? how many years have u been in england.as ur on 50k ., u should be here for quite long time. good luck for evything .. u sound positive about ur interview.... u had employee working for u still and how is ur office like,.many thanks ....
good luck dear..
take care
Yes they called me on 30aug Wednesday for an interview on friday but friday was Eid day (muslim festival) so i excused then thay gave me one week time. My business is related to I.T services and they were two ladies. I came here in 2009. Yes i have one full time n two part time employees.
My office is properly furnished.
I gave all answers i think😊

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by fzp83 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:37 pm

Hi

I am asking these questions as my friend is in process of this application:

Can you please confirm list of documentation submitted to HO?
And what other official documentation they took from yourself (Nbutt), in regards to your employees and initial application? Plus where you employees were present at the time and did ladies asked them any questions?
Also did you presented them with advertisment material or they asked for it and also market research?
Were there any other possible questions as they spent 2 hours with yourself?

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by Atif786 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:44 pm

NButt wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:46 pm
heyaheya wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:31 pm
NButt wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:11 pm
Hello everyone
I had an interview today on my premises.
Im on 50k category.
They had a long questionnaire. Interview duration was two hours.
All they want is how you are running your business. They asked about advertisment and expenses.
Employees past experience and qualifications.
Latest bank statement and questions about recent transactions. Asked about busniess insurance.
They took loads of copies for online advertisements which i did on differnt sites in last one year (i saved every single print for that and they took all of them)
I did several market researches they took all that questionares with them.
Even the documents which i submitted at the time of extension they took all again. When i asked why you need them again as i have already sent to HO. They said we are different dept. And we need all of them again. Even they asked about some documents which i provided in my intial application.my advice is get ready with a printer for lots of printing.
They took lots of pics of my office as well.
Any further question if anybody want to ask...i am happy to help.
Thank you
hey thankku for sharing ur experience.. did they tell u before coming as i have not seen ur any post in which u have said that they are coming to visit u or it was surprise ... i can see in one post that u applied in feb. 2 hours is not too bad... what is nature of ur business and how many ppl were they interviewing u ? how many years have u been in england.as ur on 50k ., u should be here for quite long time. good luck for evything .. u sound positive about ur interview.... u had employee working for u still and how is ur office like,.many thanks ....
good luck dear..
take care
Yes they called me on 30aug Wednesday for an interview on friday but friday was Eid day (muslim festival) so i excused then thay gave me one week time. My business is related to I.T services and they were two ladies. I came here in 2009. Yes i have one full time n two part time employees.
My office is properly furnished.
I gave all answers i think😊
Hi NButt,did you have your employees in the office at the time of interview ? If yes , were they asked any questions by the HO and if not , did HO ask where the employees are .
Could you plz share your timeline plz as I am also into IT Servises , providing Database development services on SQL with 3 active contracts and 2 full time employees , working 2 days from office and 3 days from home as they do data entry and date cleansing for me so that I can develope database and generate reports , is it ok not to have employees in the office at the time of interview?
Thanks
Atif

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by Zimba » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:59 pm

This is becoming a topic where members are posting random questions which has nothing to do with the original purpose of the post.
If this continues the topic will be locked as it will be become low value :!:
Advice is given based on my personal research and experience only. Do NOT contact me via private message for immigration advice

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by skconsultant » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:07 pm

Dear Members,

I had the interview today at my business premises. The lady arrived 15 mins later of the scheduled time. It took 2 hours to finish as she was writing all. Lots of questions, but don't be afraid, its all about you and your business. If you are a true entrepreneur, nothing to worry about.

Questions asked:

My personal history, education, previous work experience.
Why started this business?
(here you can say whatever you like, no evidenced asked to see)

How I managed the money that I invested?
She digged little bit about the source of the money.
How I invested the money?
What was the initial startup cost?
Why I changed office twice?
Director's loan agreement (evidence checked)
Incorporation certificate (evidence checked)
Yearwise profit/loss? (evidence checked)
How many clients did I serve so far?
How many current clients I have now?
Details of the offered services
How much tax I paid? (evidence checked)
How many staffs I have at present?
What they do?
Did I register for pension scheme or not?
Staff's passport/visa (evidence checked)
How I do marketing?(evidence checked)
Staffs' payslip and FPS

Thats it. My experience is you do not need to be panic, just be yourself. If you know the business you are doing, then no worry. All questions are based on your submitted papers. They just want to check whether you are aware of all those or not?

Good luck.

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by Vish79k » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:25 pm

Hi skconsultant did they tell you what happens next ? When are they getting back Pleaee .

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Re: HO will visit office and take Interview at office

Post by heyaheya » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:35 pm

Thanku very for sharing ur interview details. What services do u provide? Did they ask questions to employee if thr were any. Did they take paper work from u as of all other members have experience that they took papers. How is ur office like? Did they take pictures. I think u did quite good and all other members as well. Hope u hear good news soon. Good luck
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