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Video Conference Interviews

Quick Tip: Preparing for Skype or Phone Interviews

Video Conference Interviews

Video Conference Interviews

A while ago, we participated in #ResuChat, a bi-weekly chat hosted by @JackalopeJobs every other Tuesday on Twitter (UPDATE – this chat is no longer running). The Feb. 26 chat discussed different types of interviews; check out the wrap up here.

A question raised during that chat was how to prepare for Skype or phone interviews. We wanted to share a few of those tips, plus a few more, with a focus on some frequently overlooked suggestions:

  • Long before your interview, use your camera phone, iPad or webcam to record yourself responding to sample interview questions.  Listen for voice clarity, and pay close attention to your body language/movement.
  • Make sure the interviewer has your phone number and email address and you have theirs, in case you run into any connection problems.
  • Remember to account for time zone differences and day light savings or standard time.
  • Make sure your batteries (for your phone, laptop or tablet) are fully charged or stay plugged in during the interview.
  • Have at least one backup plan in place in case you get cut off during the interview. For example, if you have a Skype interview scheduled, make sure you have a phone on hand if Skype stops working. Likewise, have a second phone, (perhaps a landline), available if you are scheduled for a phone interview.
  • For Skype, add the interviewer’s account in advance of the interview, and give the interviewer your account name, as well. (more…)

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Be the Solution

Become the Solution To The Job Interviewer’s Problem

Be the Solution

Be the Solution

Guest Author: Carole Martin, The Interview Coach
Website: http://www.interviewcoach.com

The absolute worst way to go to an interview is with the attitude of: “Please, please – hire me.”

When you go to an interview with that attitude you appear desperate. And even though you actually may be desperate in a difficult job market, you don’t want to appear that way.

The demeanor and attitude that you bring to the interview will set the tone for the entire interview.

Let’s look at it from the employer’s/interviewer’s point of view.

You are the employer and are seeking a solution to a problem. Your best sales person has just left and you have no one to cover the territory. You are hoping that you can find some who is capable to help you solve this problem. You are tired of interviewing candidates who seem to fall short. You would like to find a good person who can do the job and take over the problem. This will allow you to get back to your job to get on with your work.

And one afternoon a candidate walks in who appears to be confident, has a lot of energy, and who seems to understand your problem. This candidate is very personable and has a great attitude toward the type of situation you need to be filled. There is a real connection between the two of you. He “gets you.”

The more questions you ask this candidate the more excited you become about his qualifications. He presents himself with confidence. He doesn’t just say he’s good at closing sales, he gives great examples of times when he not only closed sales – but he exceeded expectations.
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