The process of landing on a job as a virtual assistant, also involves some streamlining. Of course, all employers wanted to make sure that they’re hiring competent and professional people, to work on their business and tasks, and one way to do it is by conducting interviews.
These interviews can be conducted one on one or by group, wherein, aspirants are interviewed at the same time. Other employers may even submit you to an online examination, before or after the interview process.
Online interviews are now made possible by using various platforms, such as Skype, Go To Meeting and Google Hangout, to name a few. And just like any typical interviews, you may get nervous and jittery, regardless of the set up.
I mean, come on, this is kind of a make or break moment, right?
So, having said that, let me share with you proven and surefire ways, that will help you get through the interview process and hopefully nail the job you’re applying for.
Make a list of your assets and skills
Making a quick note of your skills, assets and other relevant things about you and your work as a virtual assistant, will make it easier for you to present and sell what you can bring to the table.
It can also save you the time and effort of doing the outlining mentally, while in the actual interview, as this can cause you to miss out beneficial skills, and relevant facts about the things you do and can do.
Be careful not to write long statements,though or you may end up reading a script when you answer. Just jot down relevant skills, applications or programs that you know and the services you can offer, and you’re good to go.
Respect your interviewer’s time by going online for the interview, 10 to 15 minutes earlier than the agreed hours.
By being punctual, you send out a message that you are a professional, and that you are serious about getting the job. You also earn yourself some time to prepare, and make sure that everything you need for the interview is working efficiently, like your headset, speaker and camera, if needed.
If for some reason, you can’t meet your interviewer on the agreed hours, due to some unavoidable circumstances, send out an early notification and request for another convenient schedule for him to conduct the interview.
Most employers don’t mind tweaking their schedules and making adjustments, but I would recommend this to be a one time option.
Confidence is key
It always is. Even if you’re feeling nervous and jittery, maintain your confidence by focusing on your skills, that you believe makes you a perfect fit for the post you are going for.
By focusing on your competency, and experience, if you already gained some, you will feel confidently geared and focused in presenting yourself, and answering the questions that will be thrown at you.
My personal technique is to take a deep breath before the interview starts, and quickly look back on the relevant assignments and tasks I have worked on effectively in the past, in order to remind myself that I have the capability to deliver and that I am fit for this.
This process of reassurance, helps me conquer my nervousness and retains my confidence.
Honesty as in everything, is very important even during interviews, especially when it comes to questions about your character, skills and competency.
Interviewers and/or employers will be able to tell if you’re just saying the things you say, because you think that’s what they wanted to hear.
Make sure that you can stand by the competencies you claim you have on your CV. Better to set your clients’ expectation early on and express willingness in learning things, than mislead them and inefficiently deliver later on, when you get hired.
Be honest with your expectations as well. Being able to establish mutual trust, even at this early stage of the application process, will ensure a positive working communication and effective working relationship, when you get hired.
Express everything in a professional manner at all times. It may also do you good, if you avoid sharing personal circumstances that you may be encountering in your personal life.
I have been in an interview wherein, I was in a tight competition with another person, who has the same skills as mine, but I ended up getting the job because the other person, according to the interviewer, has divulged personal problems that she’s been going through, during the final interview.
Some employers may be okay with it, but it’s always good to deal with business, by drawing a line between your personal and professional life.
Light personal questions may be asked when you get hired, as a “getting – to know you better” phase between you and your boss, but even then, I suggest it would be better to keep personal problems at bay.
Virtual interviews actually doesn’t have that much difference with conventional one on one interviews, that companies perform to assess aspiring employees.
And so, the interview process, regardless of how it was done, is an opportunity for employers and businesses to streamline aspirants, and choose who they think would be positively beneficial for their business.
With that end goal in mind, which is to find competent people, virtual assistants should see this as the perfect time to “sell” their skills and competency, and build a positive impression, and the qualities listed above may just help you to successfully do that.
Share your interview practices and experiences in the Comments sections. I look forward to hearing your stories.