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Virtual Interview Success

With the rise of the popularity of telecommunications, many business are choosing to conduct interviews with potential employees over video and web conferencing services.

There's a temptation when it comes to attending an interview over the phone to stay relaxed instead of preparing the way you would if you had to go into the office.

Dress Still Matters. Even though over the phone, you should still get dressed, instead of trying to have your interview in your pajamas. Getting dressed in your finest business suit might be a bit of a stretch but I recommend at least putting on some jeans, because it will make you feel more professional. I would also recommend that you do not wait until the last minute to wake up. Your voice will need some time to adjust to the idea of "being awake" so get up at least an hour and a half before so you can be focused and alert in time for your interview. Answer the Phone Respectfully. Since you know you're expecting this call, answer all of your calls with "Hello?" or even, "Hello, this is...". You wouldn't walk into the interview at the office and loudly declare, "Hey y'all!", so just keep that in mind when it comes to your phone interview. Take an Interview in a Quiet Place. Make sure that you plan to be somewhere quiet where you won't be disturbed by friends, family, or roommates. Phone interviews should not be taken in public places like Starbucks or in your car while you travel from place to place.

If you're applying to jobs now you can be sure that at some point you will talk to the hiring managers or the HR departments over the phone. A lot of times, conference services are used to conduct the initial interview and it becomes even more important to make a great first impression.