Module 29 - Job Interviews
While phone or video interviews are still not the norm, many companies are using them, at least
in the first round of interviewing. As Internet use increases and technology becomes more
advanced, it’s likely we’ll also see an increase in the number of interviews conducted through
web cameras and teleconferencing equipment.
Preparing for a phone or video interview requires some special
preparation. As PP 29-21 through PP 29-23 show, this includes:
To prepare for a phone interview,
Tape yourself so you can make any adjustments in
pronunciation and voice qualities.
Practice short answers to questions.
After giving a short answer in the interview, say,
“Would you like more information?”
Without a visual channel, you can’t see the body
language that tells you someone else wants to
For teleconference interviews, use the same guidelines for a phone
To prepare for a video interview.
Practice your answers.
Tape the interview as many times as necessary to get a
tape that presents you at your best.
Be specific. Since the employer can’t ask follow-up
questions, you need to be detailed about how your
credentials could help the employer.
Teaching Tip: Where possible, have your students practice their interviewing
strategies with your college video facility or speech lab. Afterward, tell students to
critique their performance for strengths and weaknesses and report their findings to
you in a 1- to 2-page memo.
Last Word: A large part of learning interviewing strategies is to practice the
principles. Try to work in opportunities to mock interview or use technology, such as
videotaping, to let your students practice. Consider having them wear the appropriate
attire while doing so, as many people tend to be “on their best behavior” when
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