When the Interview Isn’t In Person

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Meeting face-to-face is still the most common way that job interviews are conducted. Still, there are times when companies will resort to doing phone interviews. Or sometimes an interview over Skype. This is mainly if one of the parties would have to travel to make the interview.

Most job seekers aren’t going to travel at their own expense for an interview whose outcome is uncertain. Although many companies will pay travel expenses for some candidates and in some circumstances, that is becoming less and less common. Especially now that phone and video conferencing is so widely available.

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Tips for a Phone  Interview 

Even if you’re not applying outside your area, you may be interviewed by an executive who is traveling or by someone at some other company location that may be far away.

If you are asked to do an interview by phone, there are a few simple keys to making it successful.

– Try to paint pictures with your words, especially if the interview is by phone (without video). Be descriptive. Use lots of industry-appropriate terminologies to demonstrate your experience.

– Treat it like the real interview that it is. Don’t be tempted to take it less seriously just because the format is different. Find a quiet place where you won’t be distracted or interrupted.

– If you are using a cell phone or laptop, make sure you have a strong signal and that your battery has a full charge. Plugin if you can. Don’t take chances. You have no idea how long the interview may last.

– Have notes and keep them in front of you but try to use them only for reference. Speak naturally and your sincerity and enthusiasm will be more apparent.

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Tips for a Video  Interview 

Nowadays many companies prefer online interviews rather than paying travel expenses for some candidates.  Especially now when video meetings have become so common. Here are tips for a successful video job interview:

– Dress as though you were meeting in a regular, face-to-face interview. Even if you’re not going to be on video, dressing up will make you feel more professional and more prepared. For the same reason, sit up straight and smile often.

– If you will be interviewing via Skype or some other video conference platform, find a place with good light. Move extra lamps into the area if necessary. Have slightly more light than you think is normal since cameras need more light than the human eye.

– Even with a good signal or a strong connection, speak slowly and clearly. Especially if using video as there may be some lag.

– Sit in front of a simple background. Aim for it to be as plain as possible. Some patterns may “jump” on camera. You won’t see it, but the interviewer will, and it may affect his perception of you.

– Test your camera and microphone beforehand. You don’t want technical glitches to make them question your competence.

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How to Deal With Stress?

If there are technical problems, weather them with humor and resilience. This will show the interviewer how you deal with stress and daily crises.

– Before answering a question, make sure you’ve heard and fully understood the entire question. Ask for clarifications if needed.

– Try to avoid talking at the same time as the person interviewing you. Most video conference platforms and even some regular voice telephone connections don’t handle this well.

In the end, thank the interviewer for meeting with you. Show him that you appreciate the time and effort spent. Don’t hesitate to make a phone call after one or two weeks of the interview.

Successful People Are Quitters

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Loss of a job, bankruptcy in your small business, being second best in your work or school, rejections from people in the same industry, and so on. People around you will tell you not to quit, just one more try, but successful people are those who actually “quit” sooner than anybody else could realize. How can a quitter be successful?

A quitter discerns appropriately

A quitter is able to discern appropriately: what will work and what will not work. Usually, there will be more mistakes than success stories in any person’s life, and a “quitter” can easily identify which part she needs to let go of.

Discernment also goes with decisiveness, which allows quitters to make quick and appropriate decisions that can greatly affect them and the surrounding people.

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Successful people quit early

We are not talking about the kind of quit where you just feel like it. More than the emotions, successful people quit a job, a hobby, or even something that they have been doing for the rest of their lives to pursue a different path.

These people realize that it’s never too late to start something or be a part of something. Most of the time they get it right, which in return makes quitters realize that quitting early was the best decision they ever made.

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They change their plans

A successful person quits on doing the same things over and over again. Let’s just say for instance you are running a small business that is not getting you anywhere. This doesn’t mean that quitters would just leave it there to let it go down. While a lot would probably think there is nothing wrong with the business, these quitters know better.

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Before anything drastic happens, they quit doing the same strategies, the same routine, and run the business a different and more efficient way. What they quit on are possibilities of the business going bankrupt. That’s what makes them successful in the long run.

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Achieve their dreams

Quitters still achieve their dreams, and sometimes they do it faster than anyone else. When they fail in one dream, they quit and continue making more definite and greater dreams. They quit on the dreams that don’t take them anywhere, instead, they stick to the dreams that allow them to reach their full potential.

While everyone in the race tries to run in the same direction, quitters are those who are part of the race but run in the other direction because they know that their dreams are different and way better than that the dreams of other people.