How to prepare for the phone/skype interview

From Inside Higher Ed.

These look like good tips. I’m just giving the topics. There’s much more said about each one. No doubt there are many non-equivalent lists that are good, so let us know if you have anything to add.

1. Script, script, script. Did I mention you should script? Script. Scripting is the best preparation one can do for a job interview

2. Practice, practice, and practice. Again, practice. .

3. Prepare your space, and prepare yourself, for the interview. Find a place that you won’t be disturbed for at least an hour–this could be your office…

4. Speak at a relaxed pace and pause often.

5. Direct the interview as much as you can.

6. Get your assurance points in. Make sure that the search committee knows that you WILL have your dissertation finished..

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5 thoughts on “How to prepare for the phone/skype interview

  1. The big one for me is: Make sure your Skype connection is good. I just did a few Skype interviews and the ones where the connection was good with no break ups or visual freezes just were a heck of a lot more pleasant for us and for the candidates. Plus, it’s really easy to get rattled if you have to keep repeating yourself because it got garbled along the way.

    Providing assured good quality Skype stations for interviews is something I’d like to see departments do.

  2. BP, great point. I’ve found it is better not to go through a wireless connection. If you can plug the modem into your computer, you’ll probably do a lot better. This seems especially true if you have a lot of people on the same network, as in a hotel, college, etc.

  3. Also, have a microphone and headset standing by if needed. And try to look into the camera, which will look like you’re making eye contact. If you actually look at the interviewers’ eyes it’ll look like you’re looking away.

  4. Anne, wireless can be flaky for all sorts of reasons and too many folks contending is a big one. This can also happen with cable modems, since bandwidth is shared, so if everyone on your block starts streaming a movie just as you dial in — yeek. On campus wire is probably the safest.

    Jender, I find that headphones with an inline mic work rather well and are a bit less obtrusive than a headset. (And, of course, I already have a pair :)).

    One trick to make it easier to look at the camera is to make the incoming video stream window fairly small and put it right under your camera. That way you can look at the people and mostly look into the camera as well.

  5. Thanks Jender and BP. Really good advice, and I’m surprised it wasn’t in the article.

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