How to Ace a Remote Interview

Making a Good Impression by Phone or Video

How to Ace a Remote Interview - Making a Good Impression by Phone or Video

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Communicating remotely restricts our ability to interpret body language, so make it clear.

George, who works in London, recently applied for a position reporting to Fran in the New York office. Eager to get acquainted, Fran scheduled an initial interview via Skype® but, even though she’d heard good things from George’s present managers, her first impression of him wasn’t great.

The interview seemed doomed from the start. George had trouble connecting with Fran. He spoke so quickly that she struggled to follow what he was saying, and she couldn't get a word in without interrupting him. And, when he wasn't frowning or nervously running his hands through his hair, he seemed transfixed by his own image on the monitor.

The final straw was George's dishevelled appearance. He was wearing a wrinkled shirt, with what appeared to be a ketchup stain on the sleeve. As a result, Fran dropped him from her list of candidates and focused her attention on someone else.

If George had spent a bit more time preparing for his interview, he might have got through to the next stage of the selection process. But his poor remote interviewing skills spoiled his chances.

In this article, we'll explore the skills you need to excel in a remote interview, whether it's held on the telephone or over the Internet.

Why Remote Interviews Matter

As remote technology has evolved, and as business has become more global, organizations are increasingly relying on remote interviews for both recruitment and promotion. Traditionally, these took place over the phone but, nowadays, companies frequently use the video capability of Google Hangouts®, FaceTime®, and VoIP technology such as Skype to establish a more personal connection with interviewees....

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