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August 11, 2007

Workplace Issues- Virtual Interviews

Dear Readers,

If you haven't already taken part in a computer-to-computer or phone-to-phone job interview already, chances are that you will in the future. Although the internet and programs like skype have made interviewing for companies and schools in other countries easily accessible to those of us in the ELT field, virtual interviews do not come without their share of problems. So how can you best prepare yourself for an interview taking place over the phone or the internet? Here are a few suggestions for...

... giving an impressive interview.

1. Make sure you know what time the interviewer plans to call you. Here's a helpful tool that will show you what time it is anywhere around the world: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

2. For phone interviews, try to use a landline; if you have to use your cell phone, make sure the batteries are charged and that you have enough money on your phone card in case you need to call the interviewer back.

3. For internet interviews, do a trial run with a friend first. Make sure you can hear the other person and that he/she can hear you. You might want to invest in a microphone headset for a better sound. Also, make sure that you have access to the internet.

4. Though you won't have to worry about your appearance, you will have to work extra hard to make yourself sound clever, cheerful, and confident. So, clear your throat, have water or a cup of tea readily available, sit up straight, and try to smile.

5. Take advantage of the fact that they can't see you and keep a copy of your C.V. and some information about the company next to you for easy reference.

6. Try to find a quiet room to sit in where you will not be disturbed. Turn your CD player/radio off. Close your windows.

7. Send a confirmation email to your interviewer with a back-up plan in case the phone is busy, you get a back connection, or some other emergency arises. Make sure you have their contact details in case you need to call the person back or email him/her during the interview.

8. Remember that though it might seem like an informal interview, just because you're not sitting in an office with a suit on doesn't mean that you shouldn't act like you were.

9. Just like in a face-to-face interview, be on time or early if possible.

10. Send a follow-up email with any extra information that the interviewer requested in the interview.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!


Posted by crueckert at August 11, 2007 04:08 AM

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I WISH TO ASK ,IF I NEED THE ESL ,SINCE I AM AN UNDERGRADUATE FROM THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT.I HAVE THE GCE ORDINARY AND ADVANCE LEVEL,WITH A CERTIFICATE IN FRENCH IN THE UNIVERSITY AND TEACHING AS WELL.
THANKS.
UMEH P.

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