5 Tips for a Successful Job Interview
Whether you already work from home or you’re seeking your first home based job, an interview is likely part of that process. Believe it or not, many of the interview tips for a traditional office job still apply to home based career positions. Read along for some of our best advice for interview success!
This may seem odd since your interview will take place from home, but dressing professionally is key! First of all, the interview is likely to be a video interview. Even if it’s not, dressing the part will help you feel more prepared to put your best face forward. Take a few extra minutes to prepare to look your best, as it will help your confidence and help you come across as a true professional!
And not only make sure you look professional but make sure your background is free of distractions and clutter. Check the lighting and make sure it’s bright for a clear picture if you are doing a video interview.
Do your research
It often looks a lot better if you know something about the company you’re interviewing to work for. Take some time before the interview to visit their website, social media pages, and check for any recent news about things going on within their organization.
In addition to learning about the company itself, educate yourself on the industry. You don’t need to do an in depth dive, but having some knowledge is key, and allows you to answer questions with more clarity and understanding.
Lastly, when you apply for the position, make sure you read carefully! Have a great understanding of what the job position entails, as well as the skills, education and personality needed to succeed.
In any interview, it’s likely that the employer or hiring manager will ask if you have any questions. This is a prime time for you to show interest and gain more insight into the employer. Spend some time coming up with a few questions ahead of time, but here are a few to get you started:
- What traits do you most value in someone in this role?
How will we communicate as a team?
How do you measure success in this job position?
What are the day-to-day responsibilities for this job position (if not specified in the job posting)?
What are some of the qualities of successful people in this position or company?
- What is the timeline for hiring for this position?
Have it memorized
Make sure you know your resume inside and out! Interviewers will often have your resume in front of them during your interview, and they might pick out older job positions, clubs or positions that aren’t super fresh in your mind.
Take some time to review your resume ahead of time, and be ready to discuss every piece on it. For bonus points, do this with an eye for what’s the most “stand out” and applicable about each resume item for the position you’re interviewing for.
Say thank you
Common courtesy goes a long way! Before the interview, begin drafting a standard thank you email. After the interview has been completed, fill it in with details about your conversation. There’s no need to make this more than 3-4 sentences, but personalizing it can make a good impression.
Thank the interviewer for their time, mention a point of conversation from the interview, and continue to express your interest. From there, be sure to follow up within a few days – being proactive is key! Unless the interviewer gave you a specific time frame for a decision, there’s no harm in checking in.