Being prepared for a teleconference job interview is a little different than a traditional interview. For one thing, there is no table at which you sit across from someone, confidently making eye contact, and taking in the scope of the environment you may find yourself working in.
Teleconference job interviews are more focused. Even though you are not meeting your interviewer(s) in person, they have just as much visibility to assess your qualifications and can easily take notice of your level of preparedness for the interview.
You may think that as long as you have good internet connectivity and a camera on your device of choice, you are interview ready. But these are only the first two steps.
Paralleling traditional interviews, you still need to ensure that you:
After reading my recent teleconferencing etiquette article, an experienced interviewer wrote to share three interview faux pas that those seeking new employment, a new position, or landing an internship should avoid on a teleconference interview.
He suggested creating reminders for yourself to avoid these faux pas. Here is a way to create your own personalized memory sayings, mnemonic devices, to keep focus on the interview by avoiding what will certainly distract interviewers. At first glance they might seem silly, but that’s because you will need your own.
Though it is assumed that teleconferencing keeps visibility limited, it does not. Your interviewer may only be able to see you from the waist up, but this means they will be more focused on the background behind you, the noise level around you, and your level of preparedness and interest in the interview.
The process of seeking a new job position is stressful. It can also make you question whether the job you're interviewing for is the right one for you. But this a time to be kind and patient with yourself. And know that the best position will find its way to you.
Step aside from these states of mind which are unkind to yourself.
Some tips to remember:
An etiquette-ful teleconference job interview is sure to leave a positive and memorable impression. Even if you don’t get the job for which you interview, you never know where your interview skills may take you!