For any position, the interview is the most important part. For those of us in the work at home world, interviews are typically conducted over the phone and/or via video chat. We know how important landing that dream WAH job is, so we’ve put together some tips to help you achieve remote interview success!
Before the interview:
Prepare, prepare, and prepare some more! Doing your homework will go a long way during your interview. Showing you are knowledgeable about the company during the interview will show the interviewer that you take your potential position seriously and are generally interested in the company.
Practice makes perfect. Ask a friend or family member to do a mock interview with you. Prepare answers to common interview questions, and ask for feedback on how to improve for the real thing.
During the interview:
Dress to impress! Even if your interview is conducted via telephone, dressing in your interview best will help you get into the zone and be confident. For video interviews, this is your chance to show your professionalism.
Minimize distractions. Make sure you are interviewing in a quiet, distraction free area. Minimize background noise and make sure any possible interruptions are kept to a minimum. For video interviews be aware of your surroundings. Make sure your space is tidy and clutter free.
Focus on the benefits to the employer. Oftentimes, companies will want to make sure that you are fit for working in an at-home environment. If you are asked why you want to work at home, focus on their benefits! Instead of telling them that you want to work at home to save money on gas, you could say that you’ve found that you are often more productive when working independently, but are also great as a part of a team. Earning your WAH Certification is also a great way to show employers you have the skills and personality fit for working at home.
End of interview/after the interview:
Ask when a decision is expected to be made. This will also give you the opportunity to ask if you can follow up at a certain time, so you aren’t left wondering if there hasn’t been a reply!
Thank the interviewer. Showing appreciation goes a long way. Make sure the interviewer knows that you appreciate their time and the opportunity to interview you. You can even stand out from the crowd by sending an additional follow-up e-mail thanking them as well!
With these tips you will land your dream WAH job in no time! For more great tips, tune in to our WAH Blog each week. If you haven’t already, join WAHspace become a part of the largest work at home community today!