The interview is arguably the most crucial part of the job hunting process. However, there are different types of interviews, and it’s important to adequately prepare for the specific setting you will experience. In my time as a recruiter, I have coached numerous candidates to ace their interview and have compiled some best practices for different interview types below.
As a first interview, phone and video interviews have become quite popular. Although you aren’t going into the office, it’s important to dress the part, especially for a video interview. Being in the right attire will help you get your mind in the right place for the interview. You also want to sound as energetic as possible about the position and the company. Your voice may be the only way the interviewer will get to know you, so be sure you’re not monotone.
Also remember to keep it short and concise and not to ramble.
For a one-on-one interview, be sure that you’re overdressed for the meeting rather than underdressed. Ask the hiring manager or recruiter what the proper attire is and dress accordingly. Remember to make eye contact with the interviewer and show enthusiasm for the position. This is your opportunity to engage directly with someone in a hiring position. Don’t leave all of your questions for the end, but make sure you’re weaving them in to the dialogue as they naturally fit in. The one on one interview should be a conversation, so do your best to make it so while making a good impression.
A group or panel interview may prove to be a more challenging type of interview. However, with proper preparation, you can go in confident and leave them with an impeccable first impression. When there are multiple interviewers, remember to answer the person who asked the question. Look him or her in the eye, but don’t ignore the other individuals in the room. Answer the question to the panel as a whole while focusing primarily on the person who asked the question.
In any type of interview setting, you want to develop personal rapport with the interviewer(s). By making a connection with them, whether about sports, the school you attended or a mutual hobby, you can make a deeper connection and leave him or her with a lasting impression. Additionally, ensure you’ve thoroughly researched the company and know a bit about the person or group you will be talking to before you begin any stage of the interview process.
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