Mastering the Interview from Both sides of the Table: Tips for Job Seekers and Employers on the Interview Process
In this webinar, Rich Serby and Jessica Touchard of GeoSearch, are joined by Laura Thorne, The Environmental Career Coach, to talk about how to master the interview process as an interviewer and as one who is being interviewed.
Most professionals are not trained to conduct interviews, so what are some things to keep in mind to make an interview situation more comfortable?
Some questions to ask yourself when preparing for a video interview are:
An advantage of video interviews are that the employer can better utilize their travel budget for final-round interviews. Video interviews can also allow interviewees with an accent to better present themselves compared to a telephone interview.
Employers need to take care that the technology does not unwittingly eliminate otherwise qualified candidates. Employers are on the candidate’s side and want them to succeed in the interview!
The interviews which benefit both the company and candidate are those which are comfortable and have a conversational flow to them. Companies would also benefit from remembering the personality type of the majority of people in the field they are interviewing in. For instance, if you are interviewing accountants you probably don’t want unexpected surprises in the interview.
Candidates need to remember that they can and should ask questions about what to expect in the interview from the person setting up the interview. Common questions include:
Tests can also be incorporated into the interview. Sometimes the tests are actively or passively monitored. If you don’t know the answer, do your best to problem solve to find the answer. Tests can be conducted on site or virtually as a way to determine that the candidate has a level of proficiency for the job.
Here are some of the questions asked by the webinar audience with some tips offered by our panel of experts:
Interviewers appreciate candidates who know about and are interested in their company. In all reality, interviews are a two way street with both parties interviewing each other.
Candidates should do their homework.
.Job seekers should know what is important to them.
Remember the interview starts the moment you walk in the door.