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"My Coach's demanding, high pace approach was perfect: it gave me plenty to work with, demonstrated the equal level of commitment and effort that my coach put into his side of our work, and provided momentum, urgency, and prepared me well for multiple skype (and now in person) interviews. I am very, very grateful for his expert coaching. It has given me an algorithm for reorienting my preparation around the audience and THEIR needs." -- Anna
"What I liked most about the coaching experience as a whole was how well it prepared me for the types of questions I was most likely to get in an interview. I walked in with lots prepared and memorized to say, and that gave me a lot of confidence. I felt like I knew what I wanted to say and wasn't surprised by anything I was asked. ""I do think Skype coaching was more helpful than phone coaching alone in that I got useful pointers on how to sit and how to use hand gestures. I would definitely recommend Rod for Skype coaching, I think he helped me a lot." -- Josh (posted 01/13)
Regarding being coached through SKYPE, it gave me the opportunity to see and hear myself in a simulated interview situation. I was able to identify areas of improvement right away.
The review session with my coach and his feedback/discussions, reinforced the changes I need to make to improve my interviewing skills. Having video recording available provided an opportunity to address my facial expression, posture, eye contact, etc.
Because you provide recordings, I have the ability to review all the recording any time I want and continue to improve.
Skype coaching is better than phone coaching because Skype sessions provide additional techniques to improve and enhance the interview experience that the phone alone doesn't cover.I would not hesitate to recommend Skype training to others. It is equally important to learn both phone and Skype interview techniques. Skype training covers both, and is very close the real situation. I highly recommend it." -- A.L. (posted 12/2012)
Interview Coaching: Skype/Online Interview Prep Coaching
Immediate Feedback or Preparation for the Skype Interview
No traveling - Get In-Person attention - Complete Critique of Your Interview Style
This two session package includes:
Materials - Download the workbook and three audios to listen to at your convenience. The exercises and "Most Frequently Asked Questions" assignment will help you to prepare for your sessions. Your coach will then be able to help you focus on preparing for a successful interview by using tools and techniques. This process will get you organized and enable you to talk more confidently and succinctly about any job.
Coaching Session - Two sessions of interview coaching by a professionally trained and experienced coach where the focus will be on you and your specific needs, wants and problems. Instant feedback on how you are "coming across" and your body language and gestures. Receive tips to prepare for the ever-increasing Skype interview being used by more and more employers as their interviewing tool.
The First Session (telephone, 45 minutes) - In order for the coach to get to know you and what you need and want, you will spend phone time to supplying the coach information about yourself and your goals. You will assessed and given immediate feedback as to what the coach hears. The coach will then write your personal statement and send it to you.
Your Own Personal Statement Written for You - Every client will receive a "5 point" statement of what you have to offer. These 5 points can be used to answer one of the most dreaded questions: "Tell me about yourself," - as well as several other questions. In fact, your 5 point statement becomes the basis of how to answer several questions about you and why you stand out from the other candidates. This summary can also be used as a closing statement or as a follow up communication to remind the interviewer of who you are and why you should be chosen. It is a personalized statement that only YOU can say. You will receive your 5 point statement by email after the first session.
The Skype Session - The two hour session will be recorded. The link will be sent to you so that you can download and view the session at your convenience. There is no greater way to improve than to judge yourself - seeing yourself as others see you. The coach will give you straightforward feedback as well as encouragement and ways to improve your performance.
This is your opportunity to find out why you are not getting a call-back or an in-person interview. The sessions are tailored to you and your needs - whatever they may be - ranging from the basics to salary negotiations. The agenda will be up to you and what you want or need.
THE SKYPE JOB INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE
The video/Skype job interview was bound to happen - and it's been happening faster and faster as the world becomes smaller and smaller. Because we are able to reach out to others around the world through social networking, electronic devices and instant communication - without leaving home or the office- it is not surprising that companies have latched on to this technique to conduct job interviews.
Companies and agencies continue to be challenged to find ways of cutting costs, especially when it comes to travel and entertainment. Interviewing long-distance through the Internet is the perfect solution to slashing thousands and thousands off of the corporate recruiting budget.
The latest trend in job interviews is to use video/Skype technology to screen and interview applicants. Companies are finding this new method to be a great way to save time as well as money by conducting phone screenings before they bring the candidate in for a face-to-face interview- and in some cases to conduct the full job interview over Skype.
A list of just a few of the companies that are joining the ranks and using video interviews include-Merck Pharmaceutical, University of Michigan, UPS, Amway, Kohler, Broadcom, Walmart, InterContinental Hotel Group, ARAMARK, Mayo Clinic -
So, if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest trends for job interviewing get ready for the next challenge - interviewing in front of your computer camera.
What this means is that you will be sitting at home or in an office and staring into a screen with an image looking back at you. There will also be a small window so that you can see yourself in the corner. As if you weren't already nervous enough about the interview process - this new technology could take you over the top.
Tips On Video/Skype Interviewing
The question is - "How do you prepare for such an interview?" Uncharted territory is always difficult, but with some preparation and practice this just might work in your favor. Taking some tips from television interviews I have been involved in, there are some things to avoid and some things that will make you come across in a more powerful manner.
Rule #1 - Practice - with Skype.
You will be far more at ease in a job interview if you have used Skype and video before the interview. The good news is that the experience doesn't require expensive equipment. In fact, if you have a laptop computer there is more than likely a built in camera and you are all set to begin.
For those who do not have a laptop - small webcam cameras are available at stores that sell electronic equipment for a reasonable price (starting at around $19.95).
Skype itself is easily installed on your computer and you will be up and running in no time.
Rule #2 - Adjust the Camera before the interview.
Becoming comfortable with the adjustment of the camera level and angle will give you the power to position how the other person will see you. If you call in before the interview you can "play" with the placement of the camera so that you can look your best.
Rule #3 - Makeup/Lights/Camera
As with any interview, judgment starts at first sight. There is a limited amount of things that you can do to change your appearance but looking your best is as important as in any face-to-face interview. A few basic rules:
- Look Professional - at least for the part of you in camera range.
- Wear solid colors - not prints or bold patterns. Pastels are softer than white.
- Make sure that you are well groomed - hair, facial hair, teeth (no spinach in the teeth)..
- Sit up straight - posture is important to your impression and self-confidence.
- Smile, as appropriate. You don't want to look like a deer caught in headlights.
- Avoid looking down at notes - try to look at the screen/camera. You will be talking to a face, or faces, on the screen. Look into the person's eyes just as you would in an in-person interview.
- As tempting as this may be, avoid staring at yourself in the small box. This is about you having a conversation with another person.
- Avoid sudden or jerky hand gestures. Sometime there is a camera delay and it will be to your advantage to use smooth hand gestures and movements.
- If you wear makeup, wear eye makeup to emphasize your eyes and softer colored lipstick. Experiment with this look.
Rule #4 - Good Content Is Essential
It is a given that unless you have something that will "grab" your viewer's attention, they will more than likely delete the recording and not invite you in for another interview. This is a professional endeavor and should be treated as a professional presentation. You may not be the most objective person to judge whether anyone will watch beyond the first 30 seconds. Get feedback from a professional, friend, or family member. Remember to choose someone who will be able to dish-out some honest feedback without you becoming defensive or having your feelings hurt.
Rule #5 - Beware of Phony Postings/Contacts
If you are actively screening job postings, you may have seen an item posted on some company's websites. It's an offer for a "Free Application Screening." Surprise - this is nothing more than a job interview - using video to see you and make a judgment whether or not to pursue you further.
As with anything new, there will be a learning curve with this process. Experiment with others to feel more at ease when you do receive that call for a video/Skype interview. Once you get the call, it will be too late to start to practice.