Tips to Overcome an Online Degree Obstacle in an Interview

AUTHOR: Michelle K.
POSTED: March 11, 2014 at 10:42 am

While more and more employers are accepting online degrees, some companies still view them as “less of an education.” Many recruiters say when you have an applicant that attended an onsite campus versus someone who attended classes online, the onsite candidate will get the job—they just feel they receive a better education onsite.  Here are some tips to overcome online degree obstacles in an interview.


It’s clear that you have the ability to multitask! You can juggle working a full time job and attending online classes. Talk about this strength during the interview; this shows that you’re able to handle many things at a new position and gives you an edge over other candidates.


People who have taken online classes will tell you that it takes a lot of hard work and discipline, and you don’t have anyone other than yourself to get things done. You can explain this in an interview, as this shows you’re a self-starter and get the ball rolling.


You have a major advantage of having worked and taken classes and gained “real life” working experience. Share what you were able to accomplish and the results you have produced having done both.

You have drive and determination to get things done, and you’ve proven this by working while completing your degree.  Let the employer know this as well—this is a reflection of what you’re able achieve for them!



Michelle K.

Michelle is the Recruitment, Editor and Content Manager for ResumeEdge. She recruits and hires the ResumeEdge resume writers, provides training and ongoing support, and maintains resume quality through a strenuous QA process.

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