Tips for Interviewing by Phone or Video
Staffing in today’s health climate means that, to remain safe and maintain social distancing, conversations and interviews need to be conducted either by phone or by video. Luckily, most of us have the technology to be able to do just that. However, just because the world seems to be a little topsy-turvy right now doesn’t mean that interview etiquette is to be thrown out the window. Below are some tips to help you prepare for and have a successful interview via phone or video.
Find a quiet place.
- If you have children, it might be difficult to find a quiet place to take the interview within your house considering many schools are closed. Be creative! Send your children outside for a recess break, ask them to read for 30 minutes, take the call in your car, or bring your laptop with you to the shed (as long as the Wi-Fi works).
- Interviewers understand today’s environment and that interruptions are almost inevitable when you’re taking an interview at home, so don’t feel the interview is doomed if your dog barks or your children burst into the room. Just do the best you can to minimize interruptions and distractions.
Get your technology in working order beforehand.
- If your interview is via video, download the app you’ll need, if necessary, and try it out so you know how to use it when the interview happens.
- Check the Wi-Fi signal in the room in which you’ll be taking the interview.
- Close out of any other programs you’re using so there aren’t any distracting pop-ups.
- Practice looking into the camera, rather than at the interviewer or yourself.
- If you’re doing the interview by phone, make sure your phone’s battery is fully charged or that you are near an outlet so you can plug your phone in. Also, check that you have a good signal.
- Using headphones or pods? Call a friend or family member with the headphones on or pods in to test out how you sound.
- Choose an outfit that you would wear to an in-person interview (both tops and bottoms), because you may need to get up during the video interview for some reason and your interviewer will have you in full view.
Get your room ready.
- Aside from the usual dusting and vacuuming, clean up any cluttered surfaces.
- Look around the entire room for anything that might appear in the background. Remove anything that could be embarrassing, a distraction for the interviewer, or even something that might jeopardize your chances for getting the job.
Get ready for the interview itself.
- Review your resume beforehand and print a copy out to have on hand in case you need to refer to it during the interview.
- Do some homework on the company. Review their website, read reviews on the company, and check out their competitors.
- Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer.
- Have paper and a pen handy in case you need to take notes.
Thank the interviewer.
- Not only should you thank the interviewer by phone or video, you should also send an email or letter afterwards to thank them for the interview.
We know these are trying times, especially if you are in the midst of a job search. We at Leddy Group are “open” for business, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about the interview or application process. We’re happy to help!