When my friend Kyle answered the phone, the person on the other end formally greeted him and asked if he was still available for the interview he scheduled. Kyle had forgotten about the interview, and was hanging out with his friends. So, he quickly answered a couple of questions before getting agitated that the interview was taking so long. Near the end of the interview, my friend Kyle disrespectfully asked if there were any more questions. You see, Kyle thought that phone interviews and virtual interviews were just a way to get to know the interviewee, not actually find out everything about them. Boy was he far from the truth.
Kyle told me about his experience, and that he didn’t want to work for a company that couldn’t even do interviews correctly. This experience made me realize that many people do not realize that “Technology has had a tremendous impact on how the world works, and job searches are no exception.” (McDonald) Listen carefully, as there is much to learn from Kyle’s mistake.
With a little bit of web surfing I was able to find out what the virtual interview is all about. Whereas Kyle believed that it was just a way to talk to the applicant, it is actually so much more. With today’s technology, employers are able to interview more potential applicants. This ability creates more demand and a more competitive environment. As such, you need to make sure you are prepared for phone interviews (Rigby). Kyle was surprised by the information we found, and decided to ask for a makeup interview with the company. Even more surprisingly, the company gave him a second chance, only this time the company wanted to use Skype in order to get a better feel for the interviewee. As Kyle prepared, he forgot that Skype would allow the employers to see the way he was dressed, and his living environment. “In terms of preparation for a Skype interview, along with dressing up, Ms Buj says: "Make sure that the room is clean and tidy, the desktop is organized and there is nothing distracting in the background.”” (Rigby)
Each step is a learning process, as Kyle was still unable to wow the employers. In order to prepare for this interview, Kyle gathered his resume and made sure that he could answer any of the questions. While Kyle was able to answer the questions, he failed to do so in a professional manner. He held the Skype call on his phone, as he walked around his house. Each room held new surprises for the interviewers.
When Kyle realized that he would not get the job, he was devastated. He told me that he did everything we talked about and that he couldn’t have done any better. Upon reading his resume and prepared statements, I realized that Kyle did not prepare for an interview geared towards the right audience. His statements were not professional, as he utilized fragments and conjunctions. He did not manage his resume to reflect where he has been and where he wants to go in life. In other words, his resume did not show his goals or a sense of...