- Posted January 7, 2014 by
New York, New York
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Interview For Jobs The New Technology Way When Trying To Relocate
We can do everything on a laptop, tablet or smartphone except interview for a job in another city or state. Why is that? People use webcams to date online, military personnel use webcams to communicate with family for years while deployed oversees, some online instructors use webcams to interact with students so why we cannot use a webcam to interview for a job?
Ok, you are unemployed and you have been unemployed for about 8 months now, unemployment checks has stopped and you have used most of your personal savings now you have thoughts of selling some of your stocks just to make ends meet until you find a job.
You apply for jobs in your city working the night shift or even the weekend shift, but still you are not chosen. You even consider positions that are less than what you were currently earning, the pay is even less than what you were receiving as unemployment compensation but still no job. You search the internet and find the perfect job but it is in another state and the job posting says local candidates preferred but non-local candidates may apply but a face to face interview will be required and you will be responsible for your own travel expenses.
In 2014 I believe we have the best technology ever, we have virtual offices for self-employed people who work at home fulltime but need a business address for business mail and a conference room to meet clients, eFax for those who truly like an paperless environment or just really do not like to add paper to the fax or printer, Skype for video calls, Google Voice for when you do not want someone to have your real phone number, DocuSign for signing documents with an electronic signature and a laptop, tablet or smart phone to help pull all of this together. If we have all of this new technology why would a person applying for a job have to travel just for a face to face interview, would it be possible to do an interview via webcam and save thousands of dollars and use the flight or road trip expenses to relocate if you are offered a position?
I know that employers will say they have to perform due diligence and verify background information that can be only verified in person according to the laws after 9/11. This can be resolved by directing the potential job candidate to a local notary public and a local drug testing facility the original information can be forwarded directly to the company via FedEx, UPS or United States Postal Mail. There is another option, during the webcam interview, the interviewer should ask the candidate to hold their picture ID next to their face this is a great way to identify the candidate without incurring travel fees.
Sure being unemployed is depressing but it will become more depressing if you have to spend the last of your savings to travel for an interview and you do not get the job. If you do get hired then you will still have to have money to relocate but now you have spent it on the interview but a webcam interview would have been the perfect solution to one half of the unemployment issue.