‘I often conduct interviews in my truck….’ William Shatner
Many UK based addiction professionals are finding themselves attracted to the benefits of working overseas. In fact there are a good number of international treatment centres whose clinical staff is almost entirely made up of practitioners who have cut their teeth and grown reputations working for UK rehabs.
The logistics involved in setting up first interviews with an overseas recruiter can be tricky and as a result Skype and online interviews are fast becoming the norm. Skype gives the candidate much more of an opportunity to get their personality across and from the the recruiter’s point of view their international recruitment campaign becomes less time consuming and more effective.
Nobody’s going to see what you’re wearing from the waist down but make sure that what’s in frame looks business like. Check out the the organisation’s website to get a feel for the way they present themselves.
Make sure you’re in a quiet, peaceful setting and that anyone else in the building knows that the interview’s taking place. The more neutral and minimalist the setting the better – avoid clutter and look organised!
They can and do happen – if you have a technical issue like a weak connection or bad signal tell the interviewer. Much better to draw attention to the problem than give an inaccurate answer to a question.
Remember to smile, use hand gestures (don’t wave manically but don’t sit on your hands either), nod in agreement – remember this is still an interview and body language matters.
Skype interviews can feel strange and awkward – you don’t want to spend the first few minutes working out where to direct your gaze or how loudly to speak. Record yourself and repeat the process until you feel confident with the way you you present yourself.
Your interviewer can’t see everything so don’t be afraid to use notes position them under your nose! Use your CV, details about the organisation and questions you want to ask. It’s a great confidence builder but don’t make it look like you’re reading – practice first!