Interviews of any sort can be stressful, but with the right preparation you can tackle anything that comes your way. Take a look at our resources and tips below, and be ready to shine during your phone, video or in-person interview!
Sample Interview questions to assist with your preparations:
The STAR Method
Many companies utilize the STAR method (also called behavioral-based interviewing) throughout their interview process in order to gain detailed information about the candidate’s experience. The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to a behavioral-based interview question by discussing the specific situation, task, action, and result of the situation you are describing.
Make sure that you follow all parts of the STAR method.
Be as specific as possible at all times, without rambling or including too much information.
Oftentimes candidates have to be prompted to include their results, so try to include that without being asked.
Eliminate any examples that do not paint you in a positive light. However, keep in mind that some examples that have a negative result (such as “lost the game”) can highlight your strengths in the face of adversity. When using one of these examples, be sure to include what you learned and would do differently next time.
Well before the scheduled interview time, you will need to select a location for your interview. Find a quiet room with minimal background noise and no distractions. Make sure you have adequate lighting (preferably natural) and that there is nothing distracting behind you. A professional backdrop will show the interviewer that you are serious about the interview.
If Things Go Wrong
With technology, there's a chance things could go wrong. Here are some backup plans to have ready just in case!
If your video or audio stops working: Before the interview, ask the interviewer or recruiter for a phone number where you can reach them if you experience technical difficulties. If the video cuts out, call them at that number. Ask if you can continue the interview by phone or if you can reschedule. If noise interrupts the conversation: If noises (sirens, construction, etc.) interrupt your video interview, apologize for the interruption and ask for a few moments until the noise has subsided. You may want to mute the microphone if the noise is severe. If someone enters the room unexpectedly: If family members, housemates or pets enter the room while you’re interviewing, apologize to the interviewer, ask for a few moments, mute your microphone and turn off your camera, and then step away to deal with the interruption. Make sure that the room is secure before beginning the interview again.