Interviewing for a job overseas can be a different story to interviewing in your own country. So, here is the guide to getting that job when you haven’t even seen the company yet.
Do your homework if you want to succeed
When you interview for an overseas company, you will not be able to see the building, meet a lot of the people and the tour of the office to see what resources you are supplied with and what the atmosphere is like.
This means that it is even more important to do your homework and gleam all the information that you can from what is available online. Make sure that you check out the company’s site thoroughly but don’t just look at one side of the story, check out what other people have to say about that company too.
You won’t get the job if you don’t answer your phone
Some people take ages to reply to emails. If you are one of these people (and I am too), you need to make a special effort during the job-hunt to check your emails twice a day. Imagine how you would feel if you lost an opportunity because you were just to slow to reply to it.
This also means that you need to make sure that your phone is working and charged at all times and if you do turn it off for a movie, flight or interview, remember to turn it back on and check it!
You don’t have to wear pants but make sure that your tie is straight!
When you interview on Skype, you should follow the same dress code as when you are interviewing in person because you will be judged on the same criteria. Make sure that you have a nice, plain background behind you and make sure that you are free of any distractions; so put the kids in the other room, turn off the movie and put your phone on silent mode.
Check your microphone, camera and Internet connection well before time and be sure to connect to the person’s Skype account 30 minutes before the interview. If it is your first time to use Skype, make a call to a friend first so that you get used to using it.
Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression so be organized and have all your documents ready before you connect.