In Person Interviews
The interview is a critical step in the hiring process. It’s a chance for the employer to meet you in person and gauge your personality and passion in a way they can’t do by reviewing a resume. Preparation is the key to success! Here are some tips: 1) Learn about the company and the position 2) Gather your workplace success stories 3) Make sure your stories have a beginning, middle and an end (click the link for more details) 4) Be specific and honest (i.e. don’t exaggerate). For details, click here
The majority of phone interviews are used as screening sessions before a traditional sit down interview takes place. The interviewer is trying to eliminate the candidates they don’t want to spend time meeting in-person. In these situations, your goal is to get through the screening process. Play to win and do all of your interview preparation before the phone interview; in other words assume you will ultimately get an in-person interview and put the work in to be ready. Keep the following pointers in mind: find a quiet controlled environment for the call; be as professional as you would be in-person, in other words do not be casual because it is “only” a phone call, express interest and excitement with your tone of voice. Don’t necessarily be disappointed if the call is brief and you are unable to share all of accomplishments, if you passed this phone screen you will be able to sell yourself when you do the office interview. Lastly, always ask about next steps and timing so you know where you stand in their process.
Interviews conducted over Skype, or other video technology, have more in common with traditional in-person interviews than they do with phone interviews. While every company is different, most employers are not using video interviews as an abbreviated screen; rather they use it as a full length interview, so be prepared. Video technology introduces some new considerations. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind: check your technology in advance, ensure that you are in a quiet, controlled environment to prevent distractions, dress and speak professionally and look directly at the camera. We also recommend that you practice in advance (i.e. mock interview); we know it is painful to watch yourself on screen but it really is one of the most effective ways to prepare for an interview.