I've just noticed a job for a two term contract near me that's being advertised as the close date being this Friday, and they start interviewing the week starting the Monday after. However, they also state they will seek references before interview. Surely there's no way references could arrive that quickly. Am I being paranoid, or does this seem like a position where they've already got a candidate in mind and are advertising for show? On a related note, about two third of the jobs I've seen seem to be for temporary contracts of two terms. I've applied for a few of these so far - no interviews yet, I think I need to re-jig my personal statement - but would I be better sticking to permanent roles. My concern is that I'll end up without a job or back on supply in September next year, and since I'll have been working full time I'll have not had the chance to do visits for jobs starting in September. But then again, I'd have got two terms of induction under my belt and some pension payments in.