Interview Practice : About Interviews
Why do we Have Interviews?
For almost any job that you go for you are likely to have to go to at least one job interview and likely many more!
The purpose of an interview is so that your potential employer can talk to you and see what kind of a person you are. It is part of the hiring process and gives the employer a chance to see what you are really like to talk to.
It is also a chance for you to find out more about the position you applied to and if this is a job you can and want to do.
Types of Interview...
A face-to-face interview is the traditional style of interview where you meet the potential employer in person.
The interviewer may be your employer or one of the team and they'll ask you questions about yourself, your skills, and the role you've applied for.
Telephone interviews are becoming more and more common, and they involve chatting about yourself and the role over the phone.
Treat a telephone interview just like a face-to-face interview and be professional and prepared! Make sure you won't be interrupted and be sure to charge your phone in advance - and make sure to keep a copy of your CV and all the other relevant information you might need by the phone.
Most of the time a telephone interview will be followed by a face-to-face interview if they're interested in what you say on the phone - so if someone says they are going to phone for a ‘chat’ treat it like a serious interview.
Video call interview
Just like telephone interviews, video call interviews are becoming quite popular because they can be convenient.
If you're invited for a video call interview (often through Skype) make sure you prepare as if it was a face-to-face interview - AND make sure the background that the interviewer will be able to see is neutral and professional!