How To Ace A Phone Or Video Interview
How pleased were you to learn that companies are still interviewing right now? Even better, they want to interview you! But it’s not going to be in person. Yes, companies are shifting their interview strategies to utilize video technology. We don’t want you to miss out on this great career opportunity, so let us offer you a few tips to nail these interviews.
Have A Good Setup
Whether you’re on the phone or on a video, you don’t want your interview to be interrupted by the sounds of loud music, the kitchen, or screaming children. Make sure you’re somewhere you can shut the door or otherwise block out noise. If you take a call outside, make sure it’s not an overly windy day and you avoid noisy traffic. If you’re on video, make sure you have a neutral background, the area in your camera’s view is clutter-free, and the camera is aimed so you can make eye contact.
Check Your Tech
Does your phone have a clear signal? Is your wi-fi at full strength? Is your webcam functioning properly? These are all things you want to confirm before the interview starts. Delaying for ten minutes while you try to figure out what’s wrong is not just embarassing, it also gives the impression that you’re someone who doesn’t prepare. And along those lines…
Just as you would for an in-person interview, make sure you research the company before you begin your call. This shows you have an interest in them and not just the paycheck they’ll offer. Make sure you have your resume available for easy access. If you’re on the phone or you can put them somewhere discreet while on video, write out a list of talking points you can easily refer to. It can be a list of skills you want to highlight, questions about the role itself, or unique things that may make you an even better fit for the job. Finally, have a practice interview with a friend. Not only will you make sure your tech is working, but it will help you get more comfortable talking to someone by video.
If you’re on your phone, close any unnecessary web browsers or windows on your computer. If you are on video, turn off your phone. Nothing hurts your chances during an interview quite like missing a question because you were distracted by your best friend’s Facebook update.
Dress To Impress
Dress and groom yourself the way you would if you were face-to-face with your potential new employer. This shows you take the interview as seriously as you would if it were in person. Even if it’s over the phone, you’ll find there’s a psychological benefit to dressing up. If you picture yourself in a formal, professional environment, you’re likelier to compose yourself that way.
We know you’ll be great in your new job, and we hope these tips help you get your foot in the door.
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