Tips For Landing The Job
Apr 11, 2012 The Work At Home Mum
While not all work-at-home jobs will require interviewing or proposal creation skills, many will. If you’ve decided you’d like to work for a company that hires at-home employees or on contract for someone locally, for example, you’ll want to brush up your interviewing skills. Should you be planning on Internet-based freelancing, you’ll need to know how to present yourself in the best possible light through proposals.
Getting A Handle On Face-To-Face Interviewing
If you haven’t interviewed for a position before or it’s been a long time, there are some tips that can help you put your best foot forward. To make sure you do the best you can in any interview situation:
Dress the part
While it might not be necessary to wear a power suit and pumps for every interview, dress neat, clean and professionally. First impressions do matter.
Do your homework
Be ready to answer a variety of questions both job-related and otherwise. Understand the position, the company and what your role might be before going in the door. Also, it’s a good idea to prepare for anything that might be thrown your way. Plan for a one-on-one interview, but don’t lose your cool if it turns out to be a panel. Just breathe and be yourself.
Make eye contact
This is essential for sending the right message to potential employers. This can help you gain a reputation of being confident, competent and honest – all things employers look for even in at-home workers.
Have a home setup well under way
While you might not need a home office or a good computer setup before you land a position, having plans in the works can give you the edge of initiative you need.
Try to be as relaxed and confident as possible during any job interview. This will help you answer questions more thoroughly and can also assist you in making a good impression. Even if the position is your “dream,” don’t psych yourself out by thinking it will be the end of the world if you don’t get it. This will undermine confidence and will likely give you a tense appearance.
Don’t be afraid to bring your qualifications, experiences and strengths to the forefront. Remember, an interview is really a sales situation. Rather than a product or service, you will be trying to sell yourself. Perform the task well and you will land the job.
Don’t try to make yourself out to be more than you are. Be honest in answering questions. If you don’t know something, admit it. Stress that you are willing to and capable of learning anything that’s thrown your way.
Make sure you are at least reasonably qualified for a position. If the job demands highly specialized skills and you don’t have them, it’s probably unrealistic to go after the post.
Face-to-face interviews can be rather nerve wracking, but there are ways to ace them. The more prepared and relaxed you are, the better you will come across to potential employers. This can give you the edge you need to bump out the competition.
Landing An Online Job
Interviewing or applying for a job in a virtual setting can be a little trickier. While some positions might also include a face-to-face interview, many do not. This means you’ll often have to sell yourself based on credentials and written communications alone. There are some tips that can help you perform here. They include:
Prepare proposals with care
Since it’s very likely that you’ll have to land the job on written materials alone, putting proposals together right will be imperative. Make sure you take the time to update your resume and qualifications, review your proposal and only offer what you can truly deliver. If you’re planning on freelancing, keep your bidding prices competitive.
Make yourself available for follow up
Some freelance employers like to interview candidates on the phone or in chat rooms. Make sure you are available to speak when necessary.
Once proposals are submitted, it can be a good idea to follow up with a potential employer and make yourself available to answer any questions. If you’re bidding through a freelance matching service this might not be possible, but in other arenas it can be a valuable habit to get into.
Interviewing for a full-time position or even a freelance contract can be a little overwhelming. The more prepared you are for what to expect, the better you are likely to do. With a little confidence, you will make good things happen for yourself.