Be the Star of Your At-Home Interview

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 The Interview

Today, I wanted to talk out the interviewing process and provide some guidance and tips that I’ve collected over the years.

Interviews for work at home positions can vary widely between companies. Some may have multiple interviews with varying lengths and a video portion, while other companies will have you do an on-your-own interview where you record responses to questions in either audio-only or video formats. Or you may end up doing a combination of all these. You may also have to take an exam, personality test, or a typing test.

First, lets focus on interview questions. What I’ve found is they mostly center around “tell me about a  time when…” or describing something such as a situation or something about yourself. Companies want to know how you’ve handled previous situations. I’ve had questions like “Tell me about time when you worked with a difficult customer.” or “Tell me about a time when you were asked to do something that you didn’t know how to do.”  You may also be asked to describe your last job, a successful project, or yourself.

Here is a list of 100 common interview questions. I suggest writing down answers to a few that you expect to be asked such as the questions pertaining to yourself, your strengths, weaknesses, and previous job roles. I would also recommend a practice session where you answer several with a friend or loved one.

Next, lets talk video interviews. They are very nerve-wracking for me, so I try to avoid companies that do them, however that’s definitely not always feasible and I have done several. What I do to get ready is: clean the space I’ll be in and remove any distractions, take a shower, fix my hair and makeup, wear a professional looking shirt/blouse, and let others in my home know what I’m doing so there are no loud noises or people popping into my office. During the interview, I do my best to focus on the other person’s eyes or if I can’t do that then I’ll look at the camera. I try to smile when  appropriate, and laugh. I allow my natural hand gestures to happen. I think it can lend authenticity as well as show your passion for a subject (such as customer service or helping people.)

Generally, they don’t care about your appearance so much as getting a feel for who you are and the space you have (only that it’s quiet and distraction free.)

As far as exams go, my advice is to take your time, read the instructions throughly and at least twice, and make sure you will have a distraction free period of time in which to complete the test.  If it’s a typing test, I suggest doing it at a desk if possible, or however you are most comfortable typing. You can test your typing skills here.

What are your best interview tips? Let us know in the comments below. Good luck!

Jessica

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