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.

Online Learning is the Future of Education

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We live in a new era of online education. The concept of traditional education has changed radically within the last decade. Today, you don’t have to be physically present in a classroom to learn new skills.  You have access to a quality education whenever and wherever you want.

Free Online Courses

This is a great opportunity for students to start their international studies online, and not just attend a local educational institution. These are online webinars and courses with the best teachers around the world. The free online courses have been available for several years including Coursera, Future Learn, Open Learn from Open University, Class Central, and free online courses from Harvard University, MIT, Berkeley University, and more, and the world’s top universities.

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Advantages of Online Education

  • You can study at your own pace.
  • You can choose the best school anywhere you want to study
  • You can choose your tutors from the best universities around the world.
  • It doesn’t matter where you live as you can attend any school online.
  • You can earn any degree from undergraduate to professional levels from your home.
  • It doesn’t matter what is your age and can continue life-long learning
  • Distance education costs less than a full-time degree.

Here are a few online education sources at universities in the USA:

    1. Top online education at colleges and universities.
    2. Best Online Master’s in education
    3. Online Business Schools with BBA, MBA, and MS.

There are many universities that offer scholarships to international students. Schools in Europe, Canada, Australia, and other places offer free admission for international students.

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Distance Learning

Distance education has originated from the university’s correspondence courses in the 20th century when students had to attend school during midterms and exams.

Nowadays Internet resources are expanding and almost every university offers distance learning. Many universities open their resources to online learning with BS, BA, MS, and doctorate degrees. The source of information for distance learning is here.

Several European countries offer distance learning at the top universities including Wageningen University and Research (WUR), the Netherlands, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, University of Oxford, the UK, and others.

In addition, many schools offer free education in Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Associate’s degrees programs such as University of the People.

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English Language Distance Learning

It is a generally accepted fact that English is the world’s most popular and requested language today. It is the official language of 79 countries and territories. More than 400 million people speak English as their first language around the world. One out of five people can speak or understand English.

Today, English is used as a lingua franca for communication between people who do not speak other foreign languages.

Moreover, English is a dominant language in fields such as aviation, computing, diplomacy, science, tourism, and many more. Knowing English increases your chances to get a job at a multinational company or finding a job abroad.

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Online English Courses

There are many English online courses that you can study for your convenience from home.

There are other sources that offer English online courses for free:

    1. British Council English courses
    2. Coursera English courses
    3. Perfectly Spoken courses
    4. FutureLearn English courses
    5. Alison courses 

Some people find it difficult to understand the idea of learning online instead of traditional classroom instruction. However, despite skepticism, online education is spreading rapidly.

Thus, online learning has many advantages over traditional education. You can learn various skills for a hobby or career online for free. If you have any thoughts, please share them in the comments below.