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The art of doing a remote job interview

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  • Sarah Todd
By Sarah Todd

Senior reporter, Quartz and Quartz at Work


Finding and interviewing for a job is stressful under the best of circumstances. Now the era of coronavirus and social distancing is adding new pressures to the process.

First, workers have to be lucky enough to find a job opening in the midst of staggering unemployment. Then, should they land an interview, they must be prepared to convince potential employers of their exceptional skills and charm via phone or video chatโ€”mediums that many people find awkward or anxiety-inducing.

Of course, job interviews via phone or video chat are already common practice in many industries. But these typically happen earlier in the screening process, finally leading up to the big day filled, once upon a time, with handshakes and offers to get you a glass of water. If youโ€™re among the job-seekers concerned about how to convey your professional prowess from a distance, here are a few tips.

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