Graduation is just around the corner and soon enough, you’ll be searching for the perfect company where you want to invest all of the knowledge and skills you’ve gained from college. But what they didn’t teach you in class is how to face an employer when they ask you vital questions during a job interview.
Based on a survey from GreenJobInterview, companies are now using online video interviews as an alternative approach of screening their applicants. If one of your potential employers asked for an online meeting, here are some recommended tips you can do to ace an interview.
Do it from home:
Although it will be online, it’s best to do the conference while you’re at the comfort of your home. Avoid conducting it while in public places where there are various distractions and noise. Find a nice, quiet room in your house. Take extra effort in tidying up the place so that you will get a good impression from your interviewer. Even when you’re at home, don’t forget to dress accordingly.
Practice makes perfect:
If this is your first time, seek help with your friends or family and try do a serious online video chat with them. This allows you to get used to the process and help you determine the areas that you need to improve on. Verizon wireless news center recommends the Job Interview Question-Answer app which “provides an opportunity to record your answers to frequently asked questions then compare your responses to those provided by a job interview coach.”
Familiarize yourself with your resume, the company, and the job description. Learning all the necessary information about the job, the business and your skills that will benefit them is a plus point for you. This will also allow you to be confident whenever they ask you pertinent questions related to the work you applied.
Set your devices in order:
Make sure that your internet connectivity is stable for a lag-free video call. Double check the webcam and the microphone if they’re in good working condition. Before they fire away the questions, ask first if they can see and hear you properly to avoid any miscommunications.
Observe proper posture:
Your body language is more obvious in virtual chat. The company might be using third-party software to record the entire conversation so bad physical habits like avoiding eye contact, playing with one’s hair, or checking your phone every now and then will clearly be seen. Make sure that you sit up comfortable all throughout the interview. Look directly at the web camera and not at the screen to create the illusion that you are having eye contact with the person you are talking to. Lean slightly forward but make sure you are not crowding the camera. You can also don’t nod or smile once in a while to show your enthusiasm.
Technology is changing the way employers seek future employees. And if we want to get our dream job, we need to be prepared at all times.
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Everyone who uses social media knows by now that anything you put out there can and will be seen by just about everybody. When you’re conducting a job search it’s particularly important that your online presence represents the person you want that potential employer to hire. That includes the obvious things such as druken party pictures and online smack-downs with your ex best friend.
There are some more subtle things you may not have considered that could be the reason you aren't getting that second interview. Take a look at these five tips for using social media when you’re job searching and find out if you've been sabotaging yourself.
Job searching is hard enough! Don't sabotage yourself!
Do follow/like the people and companies you want to connect with on Twitter and Facebook. Retweet or comment on interesting tweets and posts –but only comment if you have something intelligent to add to the conversation. Making yourself known to the right people is important in a job search, but not if you're known as that crazy attention-grabbing stalker person.
Do look back through your streams and delete anything that would look bad to a potential employer, such as the drunk tweet you sent last weekend. In fact, if you often have those kinds of tweet you might want to just delete the account and start a new one! Yes, even comments and pictures that are over a year old can cost you that great job.
Do write every tweet and public post as if the interviewer is standing over your shoulder watching you type. The majority of employers WILL look at your public social media presence to learn more about you. If you put it out there unprotected, the entire world can look at it. You may disagree with their right to do so, but that's not going to stop them.
Don’t immediately send a connection request to your interviewer. It can come off as obnoxious. You wouldn’t invite the interviewer to your house for dinner that night, why would you expect them to give you access to their social network? In fact, be careful who you connect to on which social media platform when it comes to work colleagues. Think about the kind of things you post, and how good you are at controlling what your connections see from you.
Don’t tweet about the interview directly afterward – even if it’s a good comment. Employers want to know that you have boundaries and aren’t going to send every work issue out into the public via social media.
Have you made any blunders with social media during your job search? Tell us about it in the comments!
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