October 15, 2012 08:30
Employers frequently leverage technology to gain access to larger talent pools and successfully recruit candidates during today’s “war for talent.” Although logistics may seem secondary to a growing number of employees, it still plays a critical role in candidate selection.
Candidates would be wise to recognize (and prepare for) the unique challenges posed by interviewing for long-distance job opportunities.
For example, employers tend to place greater emphasis on phone interviews when engaging a long-distance candidate. The impression candidates make during this initial contact will determine whether the employer is willing to ultimately incur the cost/time associated with bringing them in for a face-to-face interview.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when interviewing via phone for a long-distance opportunity:
Plan ahead. Secure a land line (so connectivity is not an issue.)You’ll also need to interview in a quiet space; somewhere you will not be interrupted or distracted from the interview. Strong communication skills are imperative to a successful phone interview—you will need to listen carefully, respond clearly, and build rapport with the individual conducting the interview.
Offer specifics about your move. A potential employer will likely inquire about your motivation or desire to move—hiring a new employee is a substantial investment for an employer so it’s important to clearly articulate your reasons for moving and reassure them that hiring you would be a sound, long-term decision. Give your prospective employer specific dates you plan to be in the area and available to meet them or better yet, just how quickly you’ll be able to start a position if offered the opportunity. Make sure the person interviewing you knows you have a plan!
Ask about next steps. What are the next steps in the interview process? Ask the person that’s just interviewed you how well you qualify for the opportunity you’ve just discussed. Address any potential concerns that surface. If you are not offered concrete next steps, then take initiative…ask them when you’d be able to come in to meet with them in-person.
By taking just a little extra time to prepare, you can make your phone interview go the distance! Best of luck!