Landing Your Dream Job Over the Web
There’s something to be said for meeting a potential employer face to face. You get the chance to turn on the charm and look the interviewer in the eye to show your confidence; however, that may not always be possible. Seeking a position in another location or for a startup company can put a burden on travel availability or funds onto the candidate. Also, given the number of resumes that employers receive, they often look for ways to screen potential employees before offering a face-to-face. Companies are turning to other methods of interviewing to find the best candidate for the role they are filling.
When looking for a position -- be it remote, a relocation opportunity, or even something local -- be prepared for all types of interview options. Sure, they may want to meet you in person eventually, but with the vast number of resumes human resources receives, they are likely to want to screen you over the phone first. Once you are past the initial screening phase, the next step could be anything from a Google Hangout interview to a Skype for Business call. Regardless of the medium used, you need to be ready.
Research the company before your phone screen interview. There is nothing more embarrassing than losing track of the companies you’ve applied to and getting a call from a human resources representative, only to realize you know absolutely nothing about the company you are applying to. Know what their mission is, research their goals, and learn the names of the big players.
When it comes time for your online interview, have questions ready. Ask about more than the salary and benefits. Find out about the company culture. What is the environment like? What is the turnover rate? Be interested, and inquire about specific requirements of the role you are applying to.
Be confident in your skills. Before you know it, you’ll be asked for that in person interview and starting the career of your dreams.