Get The Most Out Of These Common Interview Types: Phone, Video, In-Person
Most hiring processes include an interview stage, sometimes including multiple interviews of multiple types and involving multiple people. However, many job seekers view interviewing with some reluctance or even fear. That’s too bad since interviews are a key way for prospective employers and prospective employees to get to know each other. That is, interviews offer a chance for you to identify the right company for you.
The key to interview success is the advance work you do. Here are tips for how to get yourself ready to make a good impression and get the most out of any interview type: phone, video, and in-person.
Here are the basics for getting the most out of all interview types:
- Attitude Matters
Be up-beat, energetic, enthusiastic. Even if you're talking on the phone, your voice will convey how you feel.
- Be Prepared
Thoroughly review the job description and research the company. Familiarize yourself with your resume, and be ready to discuss how your background fits the position and how you can benefit the company.
- Punctuality is Key
Arrive on time, demonstrating professionalism and respect for the interviewer's time. Plus, you’ll feel more relaxed if you're a little ahead of schedule.
- Ask Insightful Questions
Use the interview as an opportunity to gather meaningful information about the company, such as its culture, performance evaluation methods, and a typical workday.
- Express Gratitude
A handwritten, mailed note is best although email can be used when you don’t have a mailing address. Thank the person for their time and, if possible, reference something you talked about.
Tips For A Successful Phone Interview
This is often the initial step for screening candidates before inviting them for an in-person interview
- Choose A Quiet And Comfortable Space
In order to present a professional image, make sure you can take the call in a place where there’s no background noise or interruptions.
- Speak Clearly And Confidently
Attitude reflects in your voice, so speak with clarity and confidence.
Tips For A Successful Video Interview
Video interviews are a popular alternative that accommodates travel, participants in different locations, and other difficulties in scheduling.
- Test Your Equipment, Software, And Connection
Avoid wasted time and the risk of looking unprofessional by doing a dry run before the interview. You can enlist a friend to help ensure that your system is working and provide feedback. Make sure the audio and video work, pick a good camera angle, adjust lighting, and pay attention to your background.
- Dress Professionally
Present a positive visual image by dressing appropriately. Take special care with other aspects of appearance, like hair, make-up, shaving, etc.
- Eliminate Distractions
As with a phone interview, you'll want to be in a quiet, distraction-free place. It will allow you and the interviewer to concentrate.
- Maintain Eye Contact
Just like when you’re talking to someone face-to-face, you’ll need to maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Video makes this somewhat more difficult since it requires you to actually look at the camera. Your dry run with a friend will help you get used to this.
Tips For A Successful In-Person Interview
An in-person interview is usually at the company’s facilities. There may be just one interview with a single interviewer, a series of interviews, or one interview attended by several people. Be prepared for all different types.
- Dress Appropriately
This is the time to dress up a bit. You want to make a good impression, after all. Overall neatness of appearance (from hair to shoes) counts towards a strong, positive impression.
- Practice Answering Common Questions
There are common questions that come up in interviews, questions like: Tell me about yourself. Why do you want to work here? What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? Before interviewing practice your answers to common questions, focusing on answers that highlight your skills or qualifications.
- Bring Hard Copies
Your interviewer may already have key documents like your resume and references, but it’s good to be prepared.
- Be Conscious Of Your Body Language
Body language plays a huge role in how you’re perceived so spend some time before your interview considering yours.
Reaching the in-person interview stage is a promising sign. Leverage this opportunity to showcase your strengths and determine if the company aligns with your aspirations..
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