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Video Interviews – Not a Thing

Sarah asks:

I’m wondering if you’re familiar with interns/internships in the industry. I’ve applied to an internship with [studio]’s television development department, and I’ve received positive feedback–they’d like me to come in for an interview.

The thing is, I’m a recent graduate and haven’t yet relocated to LA; i.e. I’d have to travel a few hours to actually be present for an interview. Of course the obvious answer is to request a phone/webcam interview, but does that make me a nuisance/less viable some how?

You, being someone born in the 1990s, think nothing of a video call. Someone who didn’t have a computer until they were 40 thinks of them as a strange glowing box with a typewriter attached.

I like the sepia tone and vignetting, too. Just in case we weren't clear: THIS IS RETRO!
Be honest. You want one.

Besides, they need someone who’s available right now. If you can’t be bothered to travel for an interview, how do they know you’ll be reliable to come to the job every day?

In short, do not ask for a video interview. They’ll turn you down and move on to the next person who’s actually there and available.

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  1. Can they do a phone interview? It’s been a while since I’ve been in college, but I remember doing some phone interviews when I applied for internships and I didn’t live as far away as Sarah does.

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