In today’s age of technology and immediate response, students can connect with an employer with the click of a button, literally. We get caught up in preparing for face-to-face interviews, but what if that’s not an option? Here you will find pointers for your next phone or skype interview. Make sure to practice in order to work out any technical kinks you may not originally prepare for.
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- Print out a hard copy of your résumé (make sure it is the same version the interviewer has), cover letter, and the job posting/job description.
- Prepare your list of questions you want to ask in the interview. Check out this blog post I wrote on how to research companies. (http://www.splashresumes.com/2012/11/30/six-easy-ways-to-research-companies-for-an-interview/)
- Assemble your talking points and company research. I find index cards to be very useful, because then the sound of shuffling paper can’t be heard on the other line if you are on the phone.
- Record a professional voice mail message on your phone.
- Have a glass of water nearby in case your throat gets too dry.
- If using a cell phone, have your phone charger and an outlet nearby.
- If using a laptop, make sure it is plugged in and is charging.
- Eliminate any distractions and put up a “Do Not Disturb” sign.
- Have your calendar or schedule handy in case you are asked to schedule your next interview.
Make sure to prepare for your interview, possibly by using Interview Stream http://www.jmu.edu/cap/students/jobintern/interview/practice.shtml, and follow up with a Thank You note, and you are on your way to a new job opportunity!
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