5 for Friday: Phone and Video Interview Edition

5 for Friday: Phone and Video Interview EditionAs jobs become less and less tied to location and telecommuting moves from special case to standard practice, alternative interviewing methods, such as phone and video interviews, are quickly becoming common parts of the hiring process.

This week’s 5 for Friday brings you articles with advice on phone and video interviews, along with other job search tips and tricks.

  • 6 Steps To Nailing A Job Interview … Over The Phone. Forbes: “If possible, use a landline—a cell phone connection is less reliable, and the call could always get dropped. No landline? Then make sure that your cell phone is fully charged and that you take the call in a place where your reception is at its best. And remember to get the interviewer’s phone number in case you get disconnected.”
  • Want a Job? Get Ready for the Phone Interview. The Fiscal Times: “Dress as you would for a face-to-face interview; you’re more likely to feel and sound professional if you look the part. Remember to smile: You can’t sound bored or uninterested if you have a smile on your face. Put a mirror on your desk to see your facial expressions when you talk. You have no body language with which to reinforce your personality; it’s all about the voice. To keep yours sounding tip-top, swallow a teaspoon of honey or suck on a lozenge one hour before the phone interview to reduce dry throat, and have a glass of water nearby during the actual interview.”
  • 5 Tricks to Dominating a Job Interview. Washington Business Journal: “Take phone interviews very seriously! I often hear, ‘Oh, it’s just a phone screen,’ or ‘Once I get through the phone interview, I’ll do more research.’ The global hiring process is moving very quickly toward phone interviews as the primary interview mechanism. You won’t get the face-to-face interview if you don’t do well on the phone. And it’s not easy! Regardless, whether it is a recruiter or HR person on the other end of the line, you need to perform just as strongly as you would in a face-to-face interview.”
  • Helpful Tips for Preparing for a Video Interview (from Students Who’ve Had Success with Them). USA Today: “Clean up your appearance and your room. Make sure there are no dirty dishes or piles of clothes in sight of the computer’s camera. If your interview is during the day, let the light in. Natural light helps keep shadows off your face. Make direct eye contact. Put the camera, not the screen, at eye level. Make sure you’re looking into the camera and not at the interviewer.”
  • The Best Questions to Ask During a Job Interview. U.S. World & News Report: “Employers aren’t the only ones who get to poke and pry during the sit-down. At some point, job candidates can make inquiries that flesh out everything from expectations to why their prospective boss enjoys working for the company. By asking thought-provoking questions, you can not only collect valuable information but also distinguish yourself from the pack. ‘It means that you’re thoughtful about the process and that you’re very interested in the position because you took the time to think of questions that would be substantive,’ says Cheryl Palmer, a career coach and founder of the career coaching firm Call to Career.”
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