Phone/Video Interviews

The UNH Career Center has a video-interview
room that you may reserve.

To reserve the room, email:
Audra.Cyr@unh.edu
(In your email, be sure to include the
date, time, length, and reason)

For Both Phone and Video Interviews

General

  • Be prepared for the interview
  • Have a copy your resume on hand
  • Have a pen and paper in case you need to write something down
  • Keep a glass of water nearby in case you need it

Space

  • Make sure to plan where you will be for the interview
  • Make sure it is a quiet, uninterrupted space
  • If you are in a shared space, make sure to let others know, so you will not be interrupted

Speech

  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Be aware of saying um, uh, etc, it will be amplified in these settings
  • Try not to interrupt the interviewer

Phone Interviews

Phone

  • Practice with a friend to see how answering questions feels over the phone
  • Consider using a landline to avoid potential cell phone service failure
  • Smile, even though they can't see you, it will help the tone of your voice
  • Sit at a desk or table with your material spread out in front of you
  • Sitting upright will help you project your voice more clearly than if you are lying on your bed or couch

Video Interviews

Program

  • Most employers will use Skype for video interviews
  • Make sure to download Skype (or the correct program) and log in
  • Test your video by test-calling a friend
  • Test your volume settings for both your microphone and speakers

Space

  • Make sure to plan where you will be for the interview
  • Make sure it is a quiet, uninterrupted space
  • If you are in a shared space, make sure to let others know, so you will not be interrupted
  • Have a clean, neutral background
  • Keep the desk in front of you neat

Practice

  • Practice with a test video call to a friend to see how it will feel

Dress

  • Dress professionally as if you were meeting face to face with an employer
  • Dressing professionally with allow you to switch into that mindset, rather than lounge mode with your sweatpants
  • Review: What to Wear: Women or What to Wear: Men

During the Interview

  • Look directly at the camera, rather than the screen - it will look more like eye contact rather than staring off in space
  • Try not to move around too much, moving around will show much more on the screen than in person
  • Make sure to have good posture and look relaxed
  • Don't forget to smile and stay present