Tips For Long-Distance Interviewing
- Express your commitment to relocating. When speaking to potential employers, allow yourself to be taken seriously by letting them know of your commitment to move to their area. Avoid the phrase, “I’m looking into the possibility of moving to [city].” Instead, a better phrase would be to say, “I plan to relocate to [city]” and give them a date if possible to let them know that you have already decided you do want to live there.
- Make a trip to your desired location to interview. If finances allow, schedule a week or two in your desired location and arrange as many appointments as you can – both job interviews and informational meetings. “I’ll be in town from [dates] and would like the chance to meet with you during my two-week stay” is likely to generate meetings and interviews, or at the very least, a referral to another person to meet with.
- Emphasize the most sought-after job skills to differentiate yourself from other candidates. According to the College Placement Council Foundation, the top five areas of required knowledge and skills include: knowledge in your academic discipline, problem-solving and decision-making skills, teamwork, cross-cultural competence and sufficient work experience. Stress these skills during your interview to increase the likelihood of getting employed at your target company.
- Use the following universal keywords in the hospitality industry. Industry Standards: Customer Satisfaction, Service, Quality, Smile. Work Standards: Punctual, Detail, Organized, Decision, Honest, Flexible, Initiative, Willing. Co-worker Standards: Relationship, Teamwork, Multicultural. Industry Experience: Professional, Expertise, Result
- Ask crucial questions before accepting the offer. If the employers decide that you’re the best candidate they have for the job, they are likely to make relocating as convenient as possible. If you are in the position to, ask if they will cover relocating expenses and transportation allowances. Also ask about vacation leave and public holidays, as you would probably want to take this opportunity to go on a vacation back home.
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