Interviews are all about helping employers learn more about how your education, skills, and professional experience match a particular job opening. Employers use interviews as a way to see if you will fit in with their organizational culture and how you communicate your experience. There are several types of interviews, and all of them require preparation.
Phone interviews are often the first step in the process for employers. You may have a full-fledged interview that lasts 30-60 minutes, or it will be a screening interview performed by a human resources representative.
Phone Interview Tips:
- Review your application materials ahead of time.
- Make sure your phone is charged and if you're using them, plug in earbuds at least 10 minutes before.
- Sit in a quiet place with your resume, cover letter, and the job description in a place where you can easily see them.
- Have a water bottle within reach.
- Smiling while talking will help the interviewers get a better sense of your personality.
Skype/Google Hangout Interview Tips:
Skype and Google Hangout Interviews:
Skype/Google Hangout interviews are becoming more frequent because they're an easy way for long-distance employers to conduct the interview and still see you in person.
- Set up your interview space in a quiet area where you can sit up straight and there will be no distractions around you, either noise-wise or visually.
- Test your internet connection at least 30 minutes before the interview time.
- Dress as if you are in the same room with the interviewer.
- Open your screen to ensure that your volume and webcam are operating correctly
- Have a list of questions and your application materials handy.
In-Person (Traditional) Interviews:
- While the most common format for interviews, they can still be difficult. Dress in “business professional" attire, bring copies of your resume, a padfolio/notepad and a writing utensil.
- Mock interviews are often helpful to prepare for any and all of these interviews, and Career Services can help!