Phone and Skype Interviews
No matter the format of the interview, you always want to be prepared - ultimately, preparation will ensure your successful interview, and it’s always the interview that clinches the offer!
Many companies do phone interviews in the first step of their hiring process, especially when there is a great distance between you and them. Phone interviews can be great because you can have notes in front of you, however, they can be tough, because in light of the fact that 90% of communication is nonverbal, that’s not possible through the phone. So, the only way that you can show your excitement and enthusiasm for the opportunity you're interviewing for is through the tone of your voice. It may sound corny, but experts say you should smile during your conversation, so that a happy, energetic, and positive tone will come through the phone line.
This is pretty close to a face to face interview, so you’ll want to prepare just the same. Dress professionally, have impeccable grooming, and lots of stories prepared for behavioral type questions. Because you’re “live,” you won’t be able to refer to notes as you would for a phone interview. You’ll also want to know your resume inside and out, but you can have it in front of you for brief reference. A critical component to virtual interviews is the quality of your internet connection. You must ensure that you make or take the call in a space that’s quiet, uninterrupted, and has excellent cellular service. Consider using Career Services interview rooms and your own laptop or our conference room with video conference capabilities.