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Old 24 March 2020, 20:31
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Interview Questions

I missed a telephone call today, but I did get this e-mail earlier today.

I have done interviews in the past, but this will be my first interview in a long time that isn't in person. I have done a couple of telephone interviews several years back.

Anyway, I am looking for tips and opinions. My general gut reaction is to install Zoom in advance and make sure I am comfortable with it ahead of time. I am also inclined to wear a suit, be clean shaven, etc. I am also going to do my best to not have any distractions in the room where I do this. In the past few days I have learned from others what not to do.

I have seen some people use headphone/earbuds, but I would rather not use those, if I don't have to. What other things should I be thinking about in preparation for a "virtual" interview?


"Good afternoon James,

Thank you for your application for the Director of Xxxxxx position at Xxxx Xxxxx. This e-mail is a follow-up to the voicemail left for you earlier today.

The interview committee would like to invite you for an 50 minute interview. The interviews will be held via Zoom and/or phone, due to COVID-19 and social distancing. Below are the available time slots. Please indicate your top three preferences. Once we have received your preferences we will confirm via email and send additional information regarding the interview."
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Old 24 March 2020, 20:52
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If it’s video and you have kids, make sure one of them does not barge in on you like that dude on British news.

If it goes off by phone instead of Zoom, smile while you are talking into the phone. May feel weird, but it makes a difference on the receiving end.

Good luck.
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Old 24 March 2020, 20:58
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Human nature is that the interviewer will be distracted by other shit happening on their computer during the interview, so make sure your answers are clear, crisp, and not long winded to maintain their attention.
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Old 24 March 2020, 21:10
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I agree. Install zoom AND test it with a friend who was or will get it.

Show up to the “interview” the same way you would in person: aka: dress for position for which you are interviewing. If you normally bring paper copies of your cover letter and resume, do that.

And yes, set a neutral “office” type space. Farting dogs, hair balling cats, and kidding yelling DAAAaaad are bad... :D.

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Old 24 March 2020, 22:23
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If it goes off by phone instead of Zoom, smile while you are talking into the phone. May feel weird, but it makes a difference on the receiving end.

Good luck.
Along these lines, sit upright in a solid chair. You can tell the difference in someone's voice.

Good luck.
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Old 25 March 2020, 09:18
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If you have an opportunity to test out Zoom in advance, do it during the same time of the day as your interview so you can take note of your lighting and adjust accordingly.

To the earlier made point of neutral office space, take a critical look at your room and remove any objects that can cause controversy (so, no NRA posters, no hunting trophies, no skulls of your enemies, et cetera). People get "offended" at all kinds of stuff these days, and you do not need to lose any points.

Best of luck!
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Old 25 March 2020, 09:42
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Old 25 March 2020, 10:14
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Human nature is that the interviewer will be distracted by other shit happening on their computer during the interview, so make sure your answers are clear, crisp, and not long winded to maintain their attention.
This, but also answer the question asked, not the one you want to answer. Save those comments for the end when they ask you would like to say anything else. Finally, be prepared, personable, and friendly, but not informal. In most cases, the interview is about whether you can fit into the team as a person, and not whether you have the skills.
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Old 25 March 2020, 20:34
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I sat in on a couple job interview recently...and they were stark contrasts...one guy simply did not answer what was asked..he rambled and I really don't know what the heck he said. He didn't get the job.
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Old 25 March 2020, 21:43
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There is a youtube channel called "charisma on command" I would suggest delving into some of those titles. Social cues and strategies can move you far ahead of more technical or experienced competion assuming you are basically qualified for the job.
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Old 27 March 2020, 14:03
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All good advice above. As P36 mentioned, do not ramble about bullshit. I have done or been on a fair amount of committee interviews. As mentioned above, be personable, smile on the serious side and connect with your panel if possible. Obviously you are going to talk about your: education, how it relates, experience you have (in years and companies) that relates to the position (practice that), etc. Lastly, when asked a question where you have to give an example: Formulate your response in the format of: 1) The scenario you were involved/led, 2) what action you/team took, 3) and what was the outcome. Pausing is fine. Good luck.
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