As businesses become more global across the world, foreign businesses are keen to hire the best talent from across the globe, however, it is usually not feasible to fly these individuals over for the purpose of conducting interviews. This is where telephone and video interviews come in handy and candidates from across the world are often assessed via these medium. Below are some tips for candidates applying for positions in foreign countries where they may be subject to a phone or video interview.
The below is only a guidance and by no means a fixed list of things to watch out for during phone and video interviews. Like any other interviews, it is important to ensure that you leave a good impression on the interviewer and give the best account of yourself that gives you the best chance of attaining the prospective position.
Include a professional picture on your CV:
The way you look and dress in an interview often leaves a lasting impression but when you are being assessed over a phone or video call then your appearance might not be immediately apparent so including a professional picture on your CV will give that good first impression to the interviewers and also give them a sense of who they are talking to.
Dress-up professionally even if the interview is over the phone:
Dressing up professionally is a must for face-to-face and video interviews; however, dressing up properly for a phone interview will also put you in a positive frame of mind for a phone interview and although it may not have an impact on the interviewer but it will boost your own confidence and help you feel more involved in the interview.
Find a quiet and well-lit place for the interview:
This is an absolute must for all phone and video interviews as you may lose out in case the interviewer is not properly able to hear you or see you (in case of a video call). Not being in a quiet place also shows that you did not make the effort to prepare for the interview and may impact negatively on the assessment.
Make sure that you have a proper phone/internet connection throughout the interview:
This is an extension of the above point but nonetheless important in its own right. Making sure that you have a proper phone or internet connection is paramount for remote interviews. Losing out on a potential job due to a lost connection is probably the last thing any candidate would want,
Make sure that you are not due to receive any other calls during the interview time:
This will ensure that you are not interrupted during the interview. Receiving other calls during phone/video interviews can leave a negative impression on the interviewer.
Speak slowly and clearly throughout the interview:
It is imperative to ensure that the interviewer understands you clearly over the phone or video. For this purpose you may want to speak slowly to ensure that your words come across as intended and that nothing is lost in transmission. It is often difficult to pick up accents over calls so speaking slowly and clearly can eliminate that risk.
Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat any questions:
The point about clarity applies to both the interviewer and the interviewee in the case of remote interviews so if you are not able to understand your interviewer’s accent or are not sure of any questions then don’t be afraid to ask them to repeat themselves.
Don’t read from a script:
It is always important to prepare for interviews but never put written answers to generic questions in front of you and attempt to read them out while giving an interview over a phone or video call. This comes across very negatively as it eliminates the natural conversation and gives the impression that you are not confident in your ability to communicate your thoughts without having to read them out from a ‘script’.
Prepare yourself for questions about the country/city that you are looking to move to:
Since you are looking to move to a new country/city, it is important that you do some research on your prospective place of residence. Doing so will give the interviewer a positive impressions about your willingness and preparedness to move from your home country.
Prepare questions about anything you are not clear about and do follow-up for feedback:
Asking questions mainly ensures that you get a clear picture of what you are getting yourself into while asking for feedback shows the interviewer your intent to learn from your experience of the interview. Even if the result of the interview is not positive, asking for feedback will ensure that you do not repeat any mistakes in the future.