152: Special Considerations for Zoom and Phone Job Interviews
Special Considerations for Zoom & Phone Interviews
I’ve given you tons of content around interviewing; today’s podcast is about the special considerations surrounding Zoom and phone interviews.
The sources I used for this episode include:
Let’s start with Zoom (or Skype or other video-based conferencing system):
-Download and get familiar with the app you’ll be using
-Practice with a friend and record (an interview coach is always the best)
-Check audio and video performance beforehand
-Make sure your internet connection is solid
-Make sure your name is on the screen
-Close everything else on your computer
-Look into the camera while you are speaking
-Use the mute button in case of emergency
-Use a laptop or desktop rather than your phone (iPad may work okay)
-Test your room lighting
-Take a critical look at your background
-Select a quiet location where you won’t be disturbed
-Silence your phone
-Turn off all notifications
-Have a cheat sheet and your resume handy
-Have a pen and paper handy
-Wear professional attire
-Remember: your face is the only place they can read your body language
-Be on time, but not early
-Verify date, time, etc.
-Speak slowly and clearly
-Try not to get flustered if technology problems occur
-Keep water nearby
Specific to phone interviews:
-If the call wasn’t scheduled and you don’t feel prepared or centered, ask if you could talk at another time.
-Smile – they will hear it in your voice.
-Be where you can get optimal cell reception.
-Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification on questions to make sure you are going in the right direction with your response.
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