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How to get success on phone or video interview

Max Lin 2017-04-22 09:19:16
If interviews make you horribly nervous, the thought of doing one remotely might be a relief - but you should still take them seriously.

Your interviewer may have a harder time seeing you sweat, but they'll still ask questions. Think of a phone or video interview as an extra opportunity to impress. If you create a genuine connection with someone without being in the same place as them, chances are they'll trust your ability to knock it out of the park in the flesh. Here are three tips to make the whole process go much more smoothly.
Test Your Tech: Don't wait until right before your interview to make sure that your phone is charged and your Wi-Fi works. For a video interview, it's crucial to do a trial run in advance, since they can be especially glitchy. "These are live, so it's very important to test your connection ahead of time," says Scott Dobroski, the director of corporate communications at Glassdoor.
Get The Ambiance Right: You don't want your interviewer to think you're in an underground hideout, so skip the dark, dingy mood lighting. Pick a spot where the light is facing you, says WayUp cofounder Liz Wessel, and try to set yourself up in a flattering frame at a comfortable distance (i.e., not honing in on every one of your pores). Ideally, "you want to have slightly an inch of space above your head," Dobroski suggests.

Take Your Time: A common mistake people make, even in person, is cutting someone else off in conversation out of eagerness or impatience. This is even easier to do when you can't see the person you're talking to, to tell when their previous sentence has ended or the next one will begin. So even if it feels slightly unnatural or staged, wait a beat after your interviewer finishes a sentence. Cutting them off accidentally a time or two might not be a total deal-breaker - they'll understand why - but you don't want to come across as rushing the conversation or being more interested in hearing yourself talk than establishing a connection.

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