ONLINE INTERVIEW PREP Coaching for Students / First Time Job Seekers
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Interview Coaching: Online Coaching for Students / First Time Job Seekers
Immediate Feedback and Preparation for the Online Interview
No traveling – Get In-Person attention – Critique of Your Interview Style
This one session package includes:
Materials – Student workbook. Exercises include “Tell Me About Yourself” statement preparation and Interview IQ Quiz assignments. These will help you to prepare for your session. 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 – One session (one hour and 45 minutes) of interview coaching by a professionally trained and experienced coach where the focus will be on basic interview techniques. Instant feedback on how you are “coming across” and your body language and gestures. Receive tips to prepare for the ever-increasing Online interview being used by more and more employers as their interviewing tool.
The Online Session – The Online 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 Online JOB INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE
The video/Online 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/Online 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 Online.
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/Online 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 Online.
You will be far more at ease in a job interview if you have used Online 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).
Online 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/Online interview. Once you get the call, it will be too late to start to practice.