Making the Most of Distance Interviews
Technology has changed the landscape of job searches forever. From online applications to distance interviews via phone, web conferencing, and Skype, today’s job search offers new benefits and new challenges.
When you have opportunities in other cities, states, or nations around the world, distance interviews can save valuable time and money by allowing you the opportunity to interview for these positions without leaving your home. These tips will help you make the most of your distance interviews.
In fact, you may want to take the time to do a little more preparation for interviews of this sort than you would for traditional interview settings. It is far easier to wow your audience when they are in the same room than when meeting over a phone call or video.
Dress for Success
You’ve probably heard that you should dress for the job you want and not the one you have. That holds true when it comes to employment as well as for the interview process. More than you may realize.
Dressing for an interview is part of the formal, mental process that places you in the right frame of mind for success. Even if you’re being interviewed by phone, dressing the part “primes your mind” in a manner that is consistent with the type of clothing you choose. The phenomenon, known as embodied cognition, explains the effect that clothing has on the mind and can make it much easier for you to wow your potential employers from a distance.
While the setting may seem more casual when conducting interviews by phone or video conferencing, it’s more important in these interview settings to be professional than in other settings.
Make sure there is no background noise (televisions, radio, roommates singing in the shower, etc.) to interfere with the interview process, turn off your mobile device, and focus on the interview rather than surfing the web, playing video games, etc. while the interview is taking place. If it is a video interview, make sure there is a blank wall or screen behind you rather than movie posters, and other things that may appear less than professional.
Small things, like these, can make a huge difference in whether you get the job or not. Some see distance interviews as a disadvantage, but if you keep these things in mind, you can turn them into a major advantage for your future.