How to Interview for Jobs Out of State

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When looking for jobs out of state, prepare to participate in phone interviews or, in some cases, to travel to your interview. The rules for these interviews are the same as for any other type of job interview: Be well-rested, do some research on the company and prepare to answer a lot of questions about your work history and interests.

Phone Interviews

Verify the particulars of the phone interview, such as whether the interviewer will call you, or you the interviewer. Confirm the time of the job interview, and if you live in a different time zone, state the time in each time zone when setting the appointment. For example, if you live in the Central time zone, and the interviewer is in California, confirm the interview time by saying something like: "Our interview is at 1 p.m. Central time, 11 a.m. Pacific time, is that correct?"

Ensure the phone number that you, or the interviewer, will call is correct. If the interviewer plans to call you, offer a second number, such as a cell phone, in case there are any problems reaching you. If you will be dialing into a conference call, make sure that you have the correct number to call, as well as the conference identification number that you may need to log into the system.

Dress professionally on the day of your interview. Even though the interviewer or interviewers cannot see you, knowing that you look good can increase your confidence and help your performance during the interview.

Ask family members or roommates to give you privacy during your interview. Make sure barking dogs or other distracting noises are out of earshot.

Gather any documents that you will need during the interview, such as your resume, and have them handy during the call. Make sure you have access to pen and paper during the call, as you may need to take notes.

Traveling to an Interview

Establish a budget for your travel. While some employers may pay your travel expenses, most won't unless you are applying for a high-level job for which there are few qualified applicants.

Contact as many employers as possible prior to your trip. Indicate the dates that you will be in town and explain that you are available for an interview.

Carry interview clothes and toiletries in your carry-on luggage to prevent the risk of the airline losing your baggage and your having no suitable clothes to wear to the interview. Pack extra copies of your resume in your carry-on bags as well.

Verify the location and directions to your interview locations. Allow plenty of time to get to the interview.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before you spend time interviewing for an out-of-state job, do some research on the area to where you would have to move. You should know what the cost of living is, for example, if you want to conduct effective salary negotiations.

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