I wanted to share some suggestions on what to do if you are asked to do a web or video interview. I noticed that a few folks were asking if anything should be done differently with this new approach. The answer is "yes" and "no".
Yesterday, was my 1st interview over the web. I performed my normal research. Reviewed the company. Looked at the salary of the role in question. Studied the recruiter's profile via LinkedIn. Learned what the latest trends were in the particular field of my interest. These are all things that should be done normally.
I had my resume' and cover letter up on my screen. I had the job description opened as well. I had notes ready at the side in case I needed to keep on point. Again, all things that I would do if interviewing in person.
One big thing to do is dress as if you were meeting in person. I did my hair. I had makeup on. I had on a pressed blouse and jacket. In my office, I made sure it was neat and tidy. Nothing was in the background that could cause distraction or raise questions.
The most important thing to do IN ADVANCE of the interview is setup the software that was being used to conduct the conversation. In yesterday's case, we used MS Teams. I tested the camera, the lighting, the bandwidth, and the location of where the person on the other side would see me/my face. I used noise cancelling headphones. I made sure that the lighting was perfect too. All of these things were crucial.
Some companies use Zoom. Some GotoMeeting. Others, Skype and MS Teams. Each requires some time to set up and test before jumping into the important meeting. This all took about an hour to make sure everything was perfect.
I was glad to have performed all of these steps. The reason I share this is that the hiring manager arrived on time to the meeting. She had her hair and makeup done. She was dressed in business clothes with matching accessories. Her office was organized. She also had notes on her screen to refer to as needed.
Our world has changed a bit when it comes to looking for your next adventure. Make sure that you are prepared to take on the challenges that come with the new way of interviewing.
Overall, I think the interview went well. We interacted as if we were sitting across from one another in a conference room. Both of us were professional. Neither of us had any outside distractions like pets or children in the background.
I am hopeful. The hiring manager was very open and transparent about how long the process will take (because of pandemic setbacks and shutdowns). She informed me that I would likely not join the team until June or July. This makes sense because this is the time frame that most feel the pandemic will subside.
I think that everyone has had a learning curve with the new process. One other tidbit of suggestion is don't fill the time block with silly chit chat. My meeting was set up for an hour. We talked about 45 minutes of it. Some folks are making the mistake of talking too much; present yourself and work experience timely and accurately. Don't drag out the meeting.
Before everything went virtual, the new wave of executive level interviewing was 30 minute speed-dating type chats. Don't talk randomly to make sure that the clock ticks to 60 minutes. Just because you are at home and have meetings doesn't mean that they have to be filled to completion. Do what you need and move on.
Feel free to PM/DM me if you wanted to learn more. Happy to help and good luck to all that are actively looking for their next opportunity.
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Presentation used by colleague without consent
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Appreciate your kind advice.