Work From Home: How To Ace The Dreaded Interview
Majority of work-from-home employers utilize a round of phone and video interviews to assess whether candidates are the right fit for the job. Here are several important tips to ace that interview and move closer to getting hired.
Oftentimes, phone and video interviews are scheduled in advance to benefit both parties. For one - recruiters, just like any normal people, need time to reset to make sure that they provide honest and objective feedback based on your interview. In your case, this is an opportunity to prep and project the best first impression of yourself.
We're not even going to lie - work-from-home interviews are much more rigorous than traditional walk-in interviews. Apart from online testing, this is probably the only way to gauge your proficiency, attention to detail and ability to respond to problems. Recruiters have to rely on subtle cues - such as the tone and volume of your voice to assess your confidence when answering questions.
Knowing all these - what can you do to stand out and make that great first impression?
Answer the phone professionally at all times. When you have a few interviews lined up, recruiters might call at any time, so it won't hurt to always answer the phone professionally. What's more - you'll definitely impress a few of your friends and family along the way.
Try not to reschedule. Unless you really can't make it because of unforeseen circumstances, show up for your interviews. It's a good thing to be honest about it, but make sure to offer an alternate date where you are sure you can show up. If you are rescheduling because you have already committed to a job from another interview, you might want to consider cancelling it than to leave people hanging.
Treat each interview as if it were your first. Interviews can be taxing and stressful, but make sure to treat each interview as if it were your first. No matter how bad your previous interview went, make sure it does not manifest on to the next.
Remove distractions. Block off your interview time and make sure you have your work area clean and organized before your call. Always have a pen and paper in hand in case you need to write something down real quick. Most importantly, make sure to secure the area for any kids or pets waiting to sabotage your interview.
Resolve any technical issues. The last thing you want is to give off the impression that you are stuttering because your internet connection is acting up. Make sure to have back-up plans for any technical issues that you might encounter during your interviews.
Learn about the company you're interviewing for. There's no better way to give off a lasting impression than to show interviewers you did your research. Take the time to go over the company's website - especially their core services and team, so that you can ask relevant questions when wrapping up your interviews.
Now that we have the prep out the way, here are a few important things to consider during the course of your interview.
Slow down, but not too slow. People tend to speak fast when excited or nervous, so gather yourself and make sure to relax when interviewing for a job. Talk at a pace that is easy to understand, but not too slow where you will bore the recruiters to death.
Be clear and concise, but expound when necessary. Similar to the tip above, find the right balance between providing clear and concise explanations, but expound on the matter when needed. It's a different story between stumbling with your words and trying to show your expertise on a specific subject.
Be professional, but loosen up a bit. Try to gauge the question and don't be afraid to inject humor when needed. This helps you loosen up and makes the interview process more of a conversation than an interrogation. Be advised though, that there is a fine line between a witty joke and a bad one, so try this out only if you really know what you are doing.
Ask questions. Recruiters would often wrap up their interviews by encouraging you to ask questions - so take full advantage of this. Don't be misled, most of these can still be counted for or against you during the interviews so don't slack off and ask a question or two to show interest.
Thank the interviewer. A small "thank you for your time" can go a long way. It shows recruiters your awareness in valuing other people's time.
Congratulations! You made it without a hitch. Now, the waiting game begins. Here are a few things you can do to wrap it all up.
Follow up your application. If you followed the tips so far, you would know that it would be a good question to ask recruiters as to when you'll be hearing back from them for your results. If you don't hear back from them, take the initiative to follow up the application by shooting them a quick email.
Ask for feedback. If for some unfortunate reason you did not make it (almost everyone has been through this, so keep your head up), make sure to ask recruiters for feedback. Some people shy away from this because your self-esteem might take a hit, but if you are serious about getting better, then you can do so by asking for honest feedback on things you can improve on for your next interview.
We've had our fair share of good and bad interviews so we hope these tips can help you get over the hump. If you want to try these tips out, you can check out our career opportunities from our jobs page and show our recruiters what you got.