How To Ace An Email Interview When You Don’t Have the Experience Yet
Getting a virtual job online for the first time can be an intimidating and nerve-wracking experience. Unless you’re well-adept with computer and online programs, you will feel lost and wouldn’t know where to start. Okay, you found and applied for an online job. The company gets back to you, along with the other applicants, by sending an email questioning your skills and qualifications. How would you ace such email when you don’t have the experience for it? (Gaya ng My Actual Email Interview Part I)
Like an actual interview, an email interview is an integral part of hiring virtual workers. The advantage about an email interview is that you have at least 24 hours to think and email your answers back. The shorter return time, the better but make sure to craft an outstanding one.
Point out your strengths
You may be bad at website designing but actually good at photo editing. You don’t have SEO experiences but can create essays in English. You don’t like doing outbound calls but can definitely do email marketing. My number one personal rule when it comes to interviews is to never say no. No denotes negativity. Then, how to turn it to a positive one? When the employer asks you a qualification you lack, don’t say “No. I don’t have that kind of skill.” Instead, say “I may lack SEO experiences but I can write in English well. I will be more than happy to share that skill for your company’s development and learn SEO alongside with it.”
Research before replying
It may be true na ngayon mo pa lang na-encounter ang mga tools na need nila like Trello, Podio, Xero, Freshbooks, Filezilla, or Transferwise (I recommend this for the cheapest money transfer from your employer to yours). The employer may ask you have you use a softphone before or visited any distributor portal or what CRM experiences you have. It wouldn’t hurt if you research what these are and familiarize yourself. Google is your bestfriend. Research and read. Know what these tools are for, just the gist of it, so you will be at the same page as the employer and ace that email interview.
The promise to learn and must be delivered
Be a David against the Goliaths. Meaning to say, don’t let your lack of experiences hinder you from working online. Remember, everybody started out as newbies. Let your employer feel your immense willingness to learn new things by confidently telling them that you will learn everything based on the training that they will provide. Aside from that, you will do your own research and learn the tools needed on your own. Then deliver. Don’t make empty promises. And don’t lie too that you are well adept at something that you don’t. Everything can be learned, trust me. It’s really up to you how to gather the knowledge. 🙂