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Job Interviews: 5 Ways to Fail a Video Interview

Companies are starting to interview via Skype and other video tools like never before.  Here are things to avoide in a video interview to ensure a successful result.

Webcam Video Interviews

Webcam Video Interviews (photo by Raymond Fruseth Gangstad via Flickr/Creative Commons)

1.  Dress–  Just because you can work at home in bunny slippers doesn’t mean you should do the same for a video interview.  Dress just as you’d dress for a face to face meeting.  Dress your best.  Suits for men with white shirts and conservative professional dress for women.  You can always become more casual over time, but never are able to remove the image of the “My job sucks” tshirt you wore to the video interview.

2.  Environment-  You shouldn’t go into a face-to-face interview with your ringer on carring your 2 year old.  Same goes for video interviews.  Lock down the doors, turn off the ringers, clear the styrofoam cups off of your desk and be respectful. 

3.  Roaming Eyes–  The streaming video of yourself is distracting.  Prior to the meeting, get familiar with the software tool you’ll be using.  Roaming eyes during the interview say, “I’m not taking this seriously and I’m not that interested in your company.” Don’t do it.  Know your way around the software prior to the meeting by practicing with a friend, if it’s your first time.  Minimize the streaming video of YOU and only have the video of the person you’re meeting staring at you.

4.  Not Showing Serious Interest–  Nothing says, “I don’t care,” like NOT taking notes.  I’d raise up my pad on which I’m writing, shove it into the camera and say, “Pardon me, but I will take some notes during the meeting, if you’re ok with that.”  The interviewer will be delighted.

5.  Not Closing the Deal–   Remember, employers get most excited about people who seem the most interested.  If you want the next date you have to ask for it- Ask for the Face to Face Interview!  Ask for the meeting in a way that works for your personality.

I’d love to hear funny video interview experiences.  What other recommendations do you have for us?  Have you survived one?

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Interview Tips: Getting Directions

December 22, 2010 7 comments

Just had a random interaction with my father-in-law that made me think of a piece of advice.

I just sent out a note to my nearby family asking if they woukd like to meet for dinner. I sent a link to the proposed restaurant, complete with menu, photos, address and phone number.

Guess his response. You guessed it, “Where is this place?”

I guess the address and google map just didn’t do it for him. This is a major difference between people 40 something and people 70 something, however I suddenly had flashbacks. Flashbacks to candidates asking me for directions to the interview when I have taken the time to post our address and detailed directions on our web site.

So, let me get this straight.  You are trying to impress me.  You want a job.  You are trying to prove that you are resourceful.  So right out of the gate, you want me to spend 5 minutes giving you detailed directions.  WRONGO, Bucky.  Your interview will be cancelled as soon as I have 30 minutes to come up with an excuse.  #fail

If you are dealing with potential customers, employers or friends, don’t ask them for directions.  Google Maps or any map site will create easy directions for you.

Google Maps

MapQuest

Let me know YOUR favorite map software or resource for directions!  Also, I’d love any “directions” horror stories.

LinkedIn Job Searching Tips- Part 2

August 13, 2010 1 comment

LinkedIn Job Search Tips Part 2

I recently published a blog entry LinkedIn Job Searching Tips if you’re on a career search.  Here is the second set of recommendations.  Get to work.  It’s your network.

  • Join some Groups and get in on discussions!   Many of the Groups now have job boards, as well.  These are free to the employer, so you will see different jobs than what you see on the paid jobs listing. 

 

  • Ask a question, answer questions. The LinkedIn Answers feature is an opportunity to give and receive value with your network on a more frequent basis than introductions.  Social media is about helping people get business done and can lead to some great relationships. 

 

  • Update your status.  Talk about things for which you want to be known.  If you are looking for a position as a cost accountant, maybe send out a link to an article that would interest CFOs. 

 

 

  • Make your Profile on LinkedIN publicly searchable via Google and other engines:  A well crafted LinkedIn profile can by all means make a great business card. By default, your profile is hidden and won’t appear in Google searches unless you change its settings. That means that only LinkedIn members can view your details and not the entire world.  Recruiters use Google, so you should definitely edit this.
  • Add substance to your Summary. This is your personal elevator pitch. Update your profile regularly!  This sends a message to your contacts and keeps you and your company in front of them. 
    • First login to LinkedIn
    • Then open the My Profile tab
    • Now hit Edit My Public Profile (on the right)
    • Check all items you’d like to make public.  I recommend sharing anything professional. 
    • Hit Save Change. Your Linked profile is now public.
  • Add website links, activities, interests and awards. Nobody will brag about you except YOU.  Do it.   You should list your company web site (check with your marketing department to see what key words to use for the hyperlink, your blog, if you have one, and maybe a URL of a favorite blog of yours- your company would be very happy for you to link to them).

 

  • Rinse and Repeat.  Every time you do “something” on LinkedIn, it creates a status update that all of your connections will see.  This is a great way to keep your name in front of them without calling and saying, “Don’t forget that I’m looking for a career move!”  Adding some connections each day is better than adding 500 in one day.  It will spread out the activity and keep you in front of your contacts.

 

Remember, the best time to build your network is when you are working and you have live fresh reasons to connect with prospects, vendors, colleagues, etc.   But, if you haven’t done a good job of that and now need to network for a position, don’t delay.  Make building your network something you do regularly.  It’s that vital.

If you’ve followed these instructions and some of the navigation has changed, please make a comment and I’ll correct!  They are changing this stuff pretty regularly!

Email Address Etiquette- How Embarassing

July 16, 2010 3 comments

Many people think that candidate screening is based strictly on a good resume format and great experience.

Wrongo, buster.

I had a candidate, fairly senior level, apply for a job using an email address of something along the lines of (to protect the mentally challenged) i_love_robert@xxx.com.

Now seriously, who doesn’t love Robert? However, this is really a light-weight in comparison to many I’ve had over recent years like:

sex_kitten85@xxx.com
foryoureyesonly@xxx.com
takemeimyours@xxx.com

I like to consider myself socially liberal. I think it’s awesome that people have playful email addresses. However, it is an indicator that your judgement may not be tops.

It will always be VERY difficult to offend me. But let me say this one time:

When in “interviewing for a job” mode, people are always on their BEST behavior. So, not knowing me, if you send me a resume with an email address of 2_much_for_1_lady@xxx.com, I’m going to assume that when you’re out working with my company’s clients, that your judgement will be on par with that email address.

Just my thoughts.

That’s my 5 cents (inflation),
Jules aka: nachomammasrecruiter@xxx.com