Like any other job interview, the key ingredient in acing a data entry interview is also confidence, which comes automatically if you are well prepared for an interview.
Interviewers might use various tactics to gauge your data entry skills. It is common for recruiters to present the candidate with a sample task to determine his/her speed, accuracy and time.
The questions they ask might be situational, based on technical expertise and knowledge regarding data entry software troubleshooting.
Read Job Descriptions: Sometimes interviewers ask really basic questions. You might be asked to describe duties of the position. It is advisable to go through the job descriptions provided by the company you have applied at in detail. The employers gauge your seriousness for the job this way.
Understand Importance of Confidentiality: Data entry positions demand a higher level of confidentiality to be maintained as compared to other jobs. Make it a point to assure the employer of your ability to maintain confidentiality and convince them that you understand how crucial it is to the profession.
Know Alternate Position Titles: There are various titles representing a data entry position. It is important to know these alternative titles of the position before you appear in an interview for the same. A data entry position may also be referred to as a data entry clerk, data entry operator or key punch operator.
Typing Skills: The term typing skills umbrellas a person’s typing speed as well as accuracy. A common mistake data entry candidates make when spoken to of typing skills is that they focus on their typing speed. Remember, typing accuracy is as important as your typing speed in this field.
Know the Key Terms: Like every position, data entry field also has some key terms associated with it. These refer to the specific language used by the position. Go through main key terms before appearing in the interview and make sure you know what they mean. Some examples are: alphanumeric, keystrokes/hour, accuracy rate and screen format. If you are faced by a term you do not know, don’t lose confidence. Tell them you have not come across this term and you would appreciate if they give you the meaning. Employers like candidates who are straight forward and demonstrate willingness to learn.
Equipment and Software Information: The majority of the questions data entry operators face pertain to information regarding equipment (computers) and data entry software. Refresh all relevant information, definitions, procedures and technical details in your mind before you appear for the interview. They might ask you regarding coding or optical scanning.
Best of Luck!