Source: University Career Center, University of Kansas
The interviewers will have objectives to achieve during the interview process (10 minutes). Although they already have basic information from your resume, they want to:
Confirm your competence (knowledge, skills and abilities) to do the job
Determine if you are a good fit for the company
Assess your communication skills
Determine your level of motivation and interest in the position as well as the organization
Evaluate your problem-solving skills and initiative
Answering Interview Questions
Employers determine which skills or critical behaviors are necessary for the position and then ask very deliberate questions to determine whether the candidate possesses those skills. Assess which skills the employer is seeking by reading company literature, and listening closely during the company's information session.
Always listen carefully to the question, ask for clarification if necessary, and answer the question completely.
Responses such as, "That's a good question, let me think about that," or, "Did that answer your question?" could help make sure you're answering the question.
Your resume will serve as a good guide when answering interview questions. Be prepared to elaborate on the experience listed on your resume.
Keep your answers concise but complete. Your answer should take approximately 30 seconds to two minutes depending on the depth of the question.
Focus on your strengths and put a positive spin on answers to negative questions. Take responsibility and share what you learned.
If you need to circle back to a question, do so at the end of the interview
Greet with a hello. A wave is fine, too.
Make sure to get the full name of the person who is interviewing you and their contact information
Prepare your area (paper, pen & resume) and location (hang sign to warn to warn roommates or other visitors that an interview is in process). Minimize noise. Watch your pets.
Get in interview mindset. May help to dress as if you are in an in-person interview.
Sit up straight. Or stand up to help project voice.
Focus on framing. Face should be centered in screen.
Test technology before interview
Confirm time zone
Choose appropriate background
Dress appropriately. Make sure color does not blend into wall behind you.
Lighting is important. Avoid awkward shadows.
Camera should be 3 feet from your face (ensure microphone picks up your voice)
LOOK at camera, not screen
Send a thank-you note. Email or handwritten.
If you have any questions, contact Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, at email@example.com