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Phone and Web-Conference Interviews

Telephone or web-conferenced interviews require some additional planning versus a traditional in-person interview.

  • Dress appropriately. Avoid wearing bright colours or patterns.
  • Find a quiet, professional location with a plain background.
  • Check your technical set-up before the interview to avoid wasting your interview time.
  • Be engaged during the interview. Try to make eye contact and use positive body language.
  • Turn off your phone! You don't want to be distracted by your phone during a question or answer.
  • Have the job posting and your resume handy to refer to. Bring a pen so you can make notes 

Video Interview Guide: Tips for a Successful Interview - Indeed.com

How To Ace Your Phone or Online Interview

 

Working Remotely 

Working remotely is new for many employees as well as employers. As a Co-op student, your professional office experience may be limited so working remotely is an increased challenge.

Here are some tips for setting yourself up for a successful remote work experience:

1. Ask your supervisor about expectations.

  • Do I still need to work my original 9-5 hours, or is there flexibility?
  • Am I expected to respond to emails that come in after hours?
  • Will my role be adjusted in any way to support remote work?
  • Is there anything I need to work from home more effectively? (i.e. a laptop, a printer, etc.)
  • When will you and I be checking in with each other?
  • Do you prefer video meetings or phone calls?
  • How would you like me to track my work?

2. Set-up a home office

  • Clean up your workspace. If you are going to be working from your bedroom, tidy up. It's easier to be in a work mindset if your space looks professional.
  • Make your workstation as ergonomic as possible. Try out some different chairs to find what is best for you.
  • Gather together all the items you may need. Have your office supplies ready to go so you don't have to go look for them when you need them.

3. Organize your day

  • Create a things to do list for each day.
  • Set blocks of time for when you need to complete each item by. You will be able to focus your attentions on higher priority items.
  • Don't be late for meetings. It is much better to be early than late.

4. Set some guidelines

  • Get dressed. It may be tempting to work in your pajamas but getting dressed will help you get your mind ready for work.
  • Communicate with those you live with about your work hours.
  • Make sure you take coffee and lunch breaks. It is easy to just work through breaks so make sure you schedule some time.