Land Your Dream Job With These Tips For a Successful Interview
You've landed an interview for your dream job! (Congrats, by the way!)
Let's talk successful interview techniques.
The most simple tips for a successful interview truly come with practicing sharing your strengths. In a successful interview, you would share your top skills and qualities, showcasing why the employer needs you and why you stand out from other applicants.
No matter what type of job you're searching, there are a handful of qualities that would make any job-seeker stand out. These qualities show that you not only check the boxes for job skills, experience, and education, but you also possess qualities that will make you a solid employee and someone who can stay with a company long-term and perhaps move up in different job roles.
Take a look at these top 5 qualities to showcase for a successful interview:
1. Teamwork & Ability to Collaborate
Teamwork makes the dream work, right? When you're working remotely, it can be more harder to physically feel the team aspect of a company. However, that doesn't mean it's not possible. When you're applying for a work from home job, it's important to share during the interview process your ability to collaborate as a team while working in a remote position. This may take some getting used to if you're used to working in an in-person work environment, but once you get the hang of things working as a team remotely will be your new normal.
2. Professionalism & Strong Work Ethic
Just because you're applying to a job where you can work from home with no pants on doesn't mean you shouldn't show off your ability to possess professionalism and a strong work from home ethic. Showing off your strong work ethic and professionalism will give your interviewing employer the confidence to hire you for a work from home position.
Keep in mind that being professional and having a strong work ethic doesn't mean that you need to mold yourself into a new person in order to get a job. If during the interview process it doesn't seem like the right fit for you, then reconsider if this is the right choice for you.
For example, let's say that you're a mom interviewing for a part time work from home job and you still have younger kids at home. The person interviewing you says that you need to be available 9am to 5pm each weekday, and some weekends. I'm sorry, but if you're seeking a part time remote position and you have young kids at home, that open availability is quite unlikely.
Don't mold yourself for any position out there. There are so many wonderful work from home jobs, there is the perfect one waiting for you.
3. Problem Solving Through Critical Thinking
If you've ever had a job interview, you've probably heard the question "Say incident XYZ happens. How would you respond?" There are certainly many "correct" answers to this question but consider how it applies to the position you're working towards and make yourself sound like a complete rockstar when it comes time to handle any incidents that come your way. An employer not only wants to hear the right answer from you but they want to feel it. Since your interview will likely be over a phone call, Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, etc., make yourself sound fully confident in answering any questions that involve problem solving or critical thinking in your interview.
4. Confidence & Leadership
Even if you're not applying for a leadership role, you should always make yourself the most marketable candidate out there. The most marketable candidate possesses leadership qualities that could potentially turn into a leading role in the future. An employer absolutely loves interviewing a candidate that makes them feel so confident in their choice that they're already thinking of potential opportunities with their business in the future. Employers want long term employees. Prove to them that you're confident in whatever role you're shooting for and then assure them that you'd be honored to lead within the company in the future.
As with any successful relationship in life, communication is absolutely key. In order to have a happy and healthy relationship with anyone, including your boss and co-workers, having both strong oral and written communications skills makes you stand out by showing that not only will keep stay up to date within company communication, but when you feel the need to address something, you're more likely to approach the issue through communication and resolve it soon than later. Good communication is another great example of collaborating well in a team environment and this is definitely necessary when the entire team is working remotely.
Whether you've been a stay at home mom for 10 years or are a brand new mom looking to jump back into the workforce, there is no better time to find a legit work from home mom job. So many great smaller businesses are seeking hard and dedicated work from home employees for their remote listings and who better to hire than a rockstar mom who tackles anything life throws her way?
Be confident in your interview. Write down your best qualities. Share how becoming a mother has made you a stronger and even harder worker. You 100% possess the qualities of a strong work from home parent. You just need to show the world that!
Prepare for a successful interview by practicing, practicing, and practicing some more! You got this!
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