Firstly interview stands for “Interesting Normal Thoughtful Enthusiastic Rational Valiant Informal Excited Warm”
Types of Interviews. There are many types of interviews you’ll encounter throughout your career. You’ll meet one on one with individuals or you may be interviewed by a panel of multiple interviewers. You may be a group situation with multiple candidates at the same time. It’s very common to be interviewed in person but in today’s day and age and with international careers, you may have Telephone and Skype Interviews as a first round interview.
First round or screening interviews are your first structured meeting with the employer, and they’re usually brief. They’re really meant to determine if you have the motivation and enthusiasm for the job, and they’re confirming the skills that they believe that you’ve demonstrated on your resume. First round interviews are typically with a professional recruiter or an HR manager. There may be Greeters in the lobby who are West Chester University alumni there to chat with you and to get to know a little bit more about you. Despite the casual and informal feel of the lobby, don’t be deceived, this is part of the interview process. And again, it’s very typical for first round or screening interviews to be conducted over the telephone and video. More about that in a moment.
Second or final round interviews are when you’re getting deeper into the process, and the number of rounds are going to vary based on the industry or the organization. At this stage your interviewers are typically managers or potential colleagues. They can be as short as 1 hour to 1/2 day to a full day of interviewing activity. It’s definitely more in-depth screening and you’re going to face more discipline-specific questions. It’s also more likely that there’s going to be some sort of meal or reception involved in this part of the process. With site visits, it’s important to mind your manners. Anyone that you meet throughout the entire day of the process, from the front desk receptionist to somebody who’s standing in the elevator, could potentially have something to say about you on that day. So be professional and polite and positive to everyone throughout the entire day you’re going to be asked the same questions over and over throughout a full day interview, so it’s important to maintain your energy and enthusiasm and consistency in your responses. If you have to walk a lot on that day, you want professional but comfortable shoes. When there are meals involved, avoid alcohol because it does affect your judgment. If you feel pressure to have a drink, then you can order something but sip it or hardly drink at all during the process.
If you’re on an all-day interview and you’re going to have a portfolio or a bag with you, then pack snacks like some almonds or a granola bar something that’s easy to eat quickly as you take short breaks during the day. Always ask in advance about travel, lodging, and related expenses. If you do have to travel for an interview, it’s most likely that they will reimburse your expenses but you want to be sure to save receipts or follow whatever procedures they would like you to.
If you have a telephone interview, it’s all verbal; you have no nonverbal cues like eye contact or facial expressions. As such, it’s really important to maintain your enthusiasm in your voice and your inflection. When you have a telephone interview, you want to be in a quiet and uninterrupted space. Be sure if you’re using a cell phone that it is fully charged, or use a land-line. You can have cheat sheets like your resume in front of you during a telephone interview, just try not to be too dependent on looking at information rather than really listening to what’s happening on the telephone. And prior to the start of a telephone interview, be sure to confirm the start time, especially if you’re in a different time zone.
Here’s a whole list of other tips for Skype and video interviews: Be sure to test the online connectivity, lighting and audio in advance. Again, confirm the time zone. Be in a quiet place, remove any distractions from the wall behind you, and avoid sitting in front of a window or a mirror. Tell your friends and family not to interrupt you, and if you have a pet put the pet away so that they don’t interrupt you. Turn off noisemakers such as alarm clocks. Don’t just wear the top of the suit; if you’re wearing sweat pants and you have to stand up, they’re going to see how you are dressed for the interview. Look directly at the camera to make eye contact. And do have a phone handy in case there’s some sort of problem with the online connectivity.