Interview Settings

When it comes to interviews, phone and/or video or Skype interviews often precede in-person meetings. Here are a few things to consider as you prepare.

  • Plan ahead. Especially if meeting by phone or Skype, agree upon a date and time when you can minimize distractions. 
  • Know who you're talking with. Phone or Skype interviews may be with HR representatives, deans or departmental faculty. 
  • Understand their goal. Their goal is to probe your skills and career goals (and sometimes salary expectations). 

Video/Skype Interviews

  • Tip Sheet for Skype InterviewsArrive early. Connect to the site to familiarize yourself with the connection process.
  • Make connections. Establish eye contact and speak directly into the camera. Convey the same enthusiasm and confidence that you would if the meeting was face to face.
  • Minimize distractions. Avoid interruptions and background noise from papers, cell phones or movement. The microphone may be very sensitive. 
  • Stage your background. Dress to impress and ensure that the background the interviewer will see is not distracting.

Phone Interviews

  • Dress in your interview attire. Stand up or walk around the room to project your voice and enthusiasm.
  • Take a deep breath. Do this before picking up the phone so that you don’t hyperventilate or quicken your pace.
  • Avoid up-talk. This is where you answer questions with an upward inflection so that answers sound like questions.
  • Listen carefully. Avoid interrupting the interviewer.  

In-person Interviews

Interview logistics run the gamut. Your interview may be held at the college or university, at a restaurant or elsewhere. You may meet with one person or with a panel. You may be asked to return over several days to meet with key decision-makers, or have multiple interviews in one day. If you are running late, call the interviewer right away. If you arrive early, be aware that your interview begins the moment you arrive.