How big of a deal is to not being able to physically interview for positions located outside your present area?
I feel my background and resume turn a lot of heads when applying for the jobs I've been trying to get lately. I match their list of criteria and all, but I worry that preference is never given to me mostly because of my current int'l placement.
I'm curious to know, specifically from HR, when you see a qualified candidate applying for a job, do they often get dismissed because their current location doesn't allow for a face interview? Even after stating I'm entirely open for relocation I feel I'm being looked past because of this.
Thanks for your comments and feedback
Tyler - with Skype and other video conferencing and interviewing tools, not being face to face should not be an issue these days. So suggest it to them in your cover letter or note to them.
That said... having someone with international experience, cultural exposure, fluency, etc.. is a huge value add to a business - so are you selling those things to them in your written or verbal correspondence.
More importantly - a recruiter or hiring manager will buy the shirt off your back if you are the person they want... being face to face or international would not stop them... so be sure your messaging on paper and verbally is tight.
Also, do the job positions mention anything about relocation, desire for international experience, etc... if not, as opposed to questioning what could be working against you... ask them about those points - allowing them to inform or advise you.
I don't feel this is a big deal in today's environment. Its possible to do Skype, and GOTO meeting interviews which are just as effective.
All organizations are very mindful of costs involved of having candidates undertake unnecessary costs
From a recruiting standpoint...I think it depends on if the company is offering to pay for relocation or if you are being clear in your communication that you are willing to self-relocate. It's expensive to relocate someone...so most companies will go through everyone who is local first in order to save the money required to move someone.
Also, even if they are intersted in meeting you in person, they would likely feel obligated to fly you in to meet you...which is an additional expense on their part.
On the other hand, I've seen the phone Skype interviews pick up lately. Even with the bad connectsion and slow internet speeds....you still get somewhat of a feel what the person is like...how they present in person and a better feel for their personality and how that personality might fit in your culture.
I've interviewed and been interviewed via Skype several times. It's really very well accepted these days. For remote screen sharing (I don't know whether you do the kind of work for which this is relevant, but it's getting be be a standard tool), Skype has the functionality built in. I've also had good success with join.me.
Not sure the type of position you are applying for, or in what industry. I know some industries that have full time lawyers working 24 /7 just to bring in foreign nationals and keep VISA's extended.
If you are in a competitive market it may be difficult, not just because of moving expenses, but that they know anyone that is moving is going to take longer to get up to speed than anyone that is local. The risk in you coming and not liking a particular area may be high.
If you have worked in the states, or you have a local tie back to a particular state or region I would suggest working on that angle first. I have found that companies are more open if they know the person is moving back to be with friends and family. It shows you have a support network already and you have a reason for moving there beyond just their company.
I have used Skype to interview candidates in the past and it can be very effective. However; there have been candidates who treat the on line interview with less professionalism than they would a face-to-face. I have had them show up to the interview (Skype) in a tee shirt and holding a coffee cup. The convenience of on line interviewing should still maintain professionalism.
And as far as being passed over because you are not able to do an in-person interview; I wouldn't worry about that. Employers need quality people, if you are a quality candidate they will find you no matter where you live.
There are so many factors that play into this, specifically, the company, the position and the company budget. It is less of an issue with higher level and highly specialized positions, which generally have a smaller applicant pool to begin with and are more highly compensated, so companies are aggressively competitve for those relatively fewer and highly qualified candidates. As a general statement, however, companies today are less likely to pay expenses for travel for interviewing distance candidates, when there are local candidates available. They generally will use video interviewing as the first step in the process with non local candidates and that may happen after a local search has been implemented and completed. If a candidate is not placed at that point, the company will broaden their search to a larger geographical area. Fewer companies are paying relocation costs these days and frequently the amount is reduced from previous years, often today their will be a cap on relocation expenses paid, with the new employee paying a percentage of the cost. When able to do so some candidates may offer to pay their own relocation expenses, if not provided by the company in order to become more competitve for the position.
I have been in human resources for 19 years and I have always encouraged hiring managers to utilize Skype for interviews when the physical interview is not available. I have had many phone interviews that turned into Skype interviews. However most companies are still stuck using the old fashioned need to have you in the room interview. I believe if they want you to be in the room they should flip the bill to bring you to the room and show that they have some skin in the game. This also let's you know how interested they are in you. If they are not willing to at least pay half of the expense of travel to them change your mind about that company.
Hope this helps
Applying for a job outside of your current location, in and of itself, is not an issue. The issue is first and for most do you have a work permit for that country. If not unless you bring to the company a skill they can not get locally you are wasting your time. First, most companies will not consider a resume if the person in the cover letter does not confirm they have a work permit for that country. Very few companies will work on your behalf to get you the visa you need. So first thing is apply for a work visa in the countries you want to work in. Once you have the work visa you will find the interviews come easier. Second if you have a unique skill that is in high demand, being an English teacher is not one of them, then you have a better chance at getting the visa and having companies look are your resume. Third, more and more companies are using Skype and TelPresence for distant interviews. So location is not the issue it used to be.
In short focus on locations where you have permission to work. Focus the resume on skills and experiences you have that others might not have, third consider working locally with a multinational who will eventually give you the possibility of being transferred to another company, through working with them.
The issue is not your resume, not would willingness to relocate, it is simply, do you have permission to work in the country you wish to work in. If not unless you have something the company needs they will not consider unless it is an NGO.
Hi Tyler. I think Sandeep and Kishwar make some great points. With all of the video conferencing technology available, no distance should be a problem in the interview process. At my last company (Fortune 50 technology company, 100,000+ employees). Video conferences were a regular occurrence multiple times a day and were used for interviews in situations such as this. I did see regular resistance at times from some hiring leaders to consider relocation candidates simply due to the relocation package costs that are involved that many companies (if they are a government contractor) are required to pay. In an environment where many companies are trying to keep operating expenses down, this may be a driver as to why you aren't seeing a lot of bites in your situation. Hope this helps.
Good question. It can be very important, as some companies will specifically state that, unless there is a remote option, you either live in the area, or pay relocation expenses out of pocket. I am totally virtual, so I don't face this problem.
Sometimes the biggest hurdle is to bypass agencies: a small trick to ease your way into actually talking with a potential employee is to get a Skype phone number which is "local" to a potential employee (http://www.skype.com/en/features/online-number/). Also, why are you specifying your location in the CV in the first place?
Not sure which jobs or organizations you are targeting. The job market is still a bit tight, organizations are conservative with funds, growth, and movement opportunities are slow. Try not to get discouraged. Things will change. Potentially add consulting firms to your target list. These firms include traveling to assignments to accomplish given performance improvement initiatives (e.g., new technology, organization changes, skill development...). It looks like you are in the training field. Keep growing, improving, and expanding these skills. You have a lot of great experience. Keep working at it. You are not alone!!!
It is not a big deal with the advent of SKYPE and Facetime.
While there may be some issue with your location, I do not think it is really a problem. Employers are doing a lot more phone interviews and using Skype for interviews. Good luck to you, though
Always a tough one. People prefer in person interviews to read the subtle signals of personal interaction. Probably the only way to overcome the objection is to suggest a Skype interview, Although Skype is not the same as an in person interview it is better than just a phone call. -Hope that helps
I think it truly depends on the organization and their flexibility in conducting interviews. Some prefer in person interviews, while others are more open to using options such as Skype as others have mentioned. I'm not sure of a particular bias based on location, but that could be something to ask a company up front as well.
More and more companies are using both pre-recorded and live video interviewing to screen candidates. This is usually early in the process and allows candidates flexibility. They will need to meet in person eventually but only as a possible finalist in most cases.
For an initial interview, most head-hunters and even companies are satisfied with a telephone or Skype interview, If you impress enough at this stage and the company wants you enough and has the budget, they will normally fly you in for later stages of the interview process.
I think you are facing two hurdles here. First, I believe you have accurately described the "Not Living Here" problem that I have experienced in my own career at different times. Secondly, I refer back to the "Not Living Here" problem when applying and saying, "willing to relocate." That says, time to move, possible reimbursement expenses, and will most likely result in the path of least resistance, which is hire the person already living here. It's even worse if you want to remain where you are and work remotely. it's not impossible but you have to be head and shoulders above any other candidate before you can overcome this hurdle. It's silly that companies still rely on physical presence for personnel management, meetings and so forth, but they do and given that "work from home" has been discussed for the last twenty years it's not likely to change soon. So, if you are in the job market, move now to where you are most likely to get hired, and turn heads, as you say.