Making the decision to find a flexible job opportunity is kind of a big deal…
It takes courage and confidence to go against the traditional job market. You’re taking initiative to create a work/life balance that will make a positive impact on your life!
If you are searching for a flexible job, eventually you’re going to get an interview. Just like an interview for a traditional position, you want to present the most qualified and authentic version of yourself. How do you do that?
These 5 tips will help you crush your flexible job interview with confidence!
1 Determine your why BEFORE you get into an interview
Choosing a non-traditional flexible job opportunity has many advantages. You can save money, save time, be available for family, spend more time with your kids, etc. Job interviewers are going to want to know your personal reasons for seeking a flexible job position. Be prepared to explain how a flexible job will help you personally and professionally.
It’s definitely important to express your purpose in being available for your family, but also share how a flexible job fits with your desires to continue in your professional development.
Pro Tip: Be sure to talk about something related to the position. For example if you are applying for a Human Resources position, then you might say I’m looking forward to this flexible position because I can be available to my family as needed and it will give me the opportunity to pursue my passion of problem solving and meeting the challenges of a growing business.
Companies that are hiring for a flexible job position may have concerns about productivity from a flexible position versus someone who works full time.
In your interview, give examples of how you plan to be productive in the flexible job position.
Here are some examples you can include:
- Limited time means that you manage tasks effectively
- Prioritization of daily tasks, monthly tasks, etc.
- Planning is important for you to be successful
- Ability to differentiate between importance of tasks
- Ability to handle interruptions
It’s important that you express to the employer that you are capable of excellent communication. Whether you are participating in a job share opportunity or working as a team member, it’s important to outline your ability to maintain clear communication with your colleagues.
Provide examples of effective communication you have used in the past.
- phone calls
- text messages
- Google hangouts
Be prepared to share what motivates you personally/professionally and explain how your motivations will have a positive impact on the company where you are applying to work.
This is a great time to focus on how your past experience relates specifically to the qualities required for a flexible job.
5 Focus on the Positives for both you and the Employer
While a flexible job may offer you better hours and flexibility, your focus in the interview should connect how your unique skills will benefit the company in a flexible position.
A flexible employment position benefits a company because they are able to hire high quality employees who might otherwise be unable to work a traditional position. Successful employees in flexible positions are highly motivated by meeting goals and deadlines in a shorter amount of time which allows a company to save on resources. Flexible employment allows the business to be flexible and create a positive working environment for their employees which means less turnover.
Pro Tip: Study up on the benefits of how flexible employment benefits a company. This will show that you have put in the effort to understand the impact a flexible position will have on growing the company!
by Ashleigh Allman