13/05/19: Unit 1: Not Your Typical 9-to-5 Job

More and more, people are having job interviews via video conference. The following article give tips on how you can deal with a job interview via Skype.

7 Tips To Nail A Skype Interview

By Debbie Swanson

Aleksandra Sobic of MankatoMinnesota was thrilled to interview for a position with a company that facilitates and guides international tours, based out of Thailand.

“I nailed the first round phone interview, and then was asked to interview via Skype. I dressed in business attire, and did my hair and makeup,” says Aleksandra.

After the interview, she learned she wasn’t the right candidate.

“They were worried I may not be rustic enough for the
 position,” she says. “They felt they couldn’t see me traipsing through the jungle!”

Whether your mistake is not dressing jungle chic enough—or not bothering to get out of your PJs—make no mistake, remote interviews are harder to prepare for than regular ones.

And these days, making a good first—or fifth—impression isn’t necessarily done in person. Remote interviews and business meetings are becoming more common in today’s workforce. According to a 2012 Census Bureau report, about 13.4 million U.S. workers currently work from home. CNN Money reports that the number of people who work at home at least one day per week has increased in 2010 to 9.5%, up from 7% in 1999.

Sooner or later, you’ll be involved in a remote interview, or asked to present your points at a meeting you’re not physically present for. Just how do you make a great impression from a distance?

  1. Look the Part

As Sobic learned the hard way, gauging the company culture—from afar—becomes a key skill when trying to nail a remote interview. Since you’re not there physically (experts estimate that 90% of the cues we give off are non-verbal), looking the part becomes even more important.

First, do your research: Check out the company’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed to get a feel for how employees (and executives) dress and behave, then take your cues from that when prepping for your interview.

Next, clean up, says Sherif Hussein, president and creative director of Jinni Communications in Ottawa, Canada. If your at-home appearance leans toward casual, take some time to polish up. It’s always better to err on the side of freshly-scrubbed—even if you’re an aspiring trek leader, carefully dressed in her best khakis.

“I work a lot from my home office, so my beard is almost always too long, my hair isn’t combed and I’m not 
properly dressed,” admits Hussein, who makes a point of looking the part when he takes a professional call.

Assuming your bottom half will be hidden under a desk, you may be tempted to wear your favorite sweatpants, but it’s best to dress from head to toe. What if you have to stand up to adjust your equipment? There’s also the psychological aspect: Shedding your loungewear will help switch your mind to professional mode.

  1. Prepare Your Surroundings

Whether your call is video or telephone, do it in a quiet, businesslike setting, ideally in a room with a door.

“Look behind you, because that’s what (they’ll) see,” says Hussein. A cluttered background may distract your audience, not to mention send the wrong idea of your organizational skills. Also, rid the area of personal items—no need to share too much information. A blank or neutral background is best, with a well-organized desktop.

Be sure to inform anyone else at home about the meeting; you don’t want to be interrupted by a sudden blast of stereo music or someone bellowing your name.  Feed and walk the dog ahead of time, and call a sitter (or a neighbor) if you have young children.

  1. Practice It First

Your first few video calls are bound to feel awkward as you figure out where to look, what to do with your hands, or how loudly to speak. But it’s easy to work out those kinks ahead of time.

“Conduct a practice interview with a friend, and record it so that you‘ll have an accurate idea of how you come across on video,” advises Cheryl Palmer, career coach and owner of Call to Career, a career coaching service.

Analyze your tape (you can practice using a free service like Skype) and repeat the process until you feel comfortable with the result.

  1. Don’t Forget to Smile!

At an in-person interview, you’d naturally smile upon arrival, and try to keep a pleasant facial expression for the duration.

It’s more difficult to do this with a remote interview. Lacking a ‘live’ person in front of you, and sidetracked by thoughts of equipment or cameras, you might be less likely to smile reflexively. If that’s the case, you can seem like you’re staring wide-eyed at the camera.

“Smiling is the best way to break the ice and develop rapport with your interviewer. And on the phone, your smile will come through even though the interviewer can’t see you,” says Palmer.

Of course, it’s difficult to smile sitting alone in a room. Just before the call, loosen up by smiling before a mirror, or call a friend who never fails to make you laugh. If you need to, hang a silly picture or Post-it note on the wall (out of camera range) to remind you to stay upbeat.

  1. Stay Present

Ever heard of active listening? Especially with a phone interview, it’s important to give the other caller periodic clues that you’re still there. After all, do you like speaking into silence?

Palmer suggests interjecting listening sounds (“hm,” or “yes”) as your interviewers speak. In addition to making your conversation more pleasant, it also reassures the other party that the technology is functioning correctly and you are, indeed, still listening.

And even though the people can’t see you, never tinker with your computer during a call. Nothing screams “not listening!” like the tapping of a keyboard in the background. Even if other callers are engaging in a side conversation, follow along so you can jump back in as soon as it’s appropriate.

  1. Go Ahead and Cheat

One advantage to a video or phone interview is that you don’t have to remember everything you want to mention.

“You can have notes in front of you—without your interviewer knowing,” suggests Ben Cober, director of business development and research at PGAV Destinations in St. Louis, MO. “Place your resume in front of you, news about the company, questions you want to ask and potential talking points.”

Of course, you don’t want to be reading off the page verbatim, so make sure you’re familiar with your material, and keep your notes in an easily scannable format to get what you need at quick glance.

  1. Address Tech Problems Immediately

When you’re relying on video or phone equipment, there’s a good chance you’ll experience a technical glitch: a weak connection, interference or garbled signals.

You may hesitate to draw attention to the problem, but you don’t want to give an inaccurate answer because you didn’t understand the question. A simple “excuse me?” works fine. But if the problem persists, bring it up.

“If you’re getting too many blips, it’s good to stop the call (and redial),” says Cober. “The future employers may take away that you’re a problem-solver, and you would provide top-quality service if employed by them.” Not to mention that fixing this kind of issue is just plain polite.

source:

Forbes

13/05/2019

https://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2013/04/09/7-tips-to-nail-a-skype-interview/#5cf2be856835

After reading the article, answer the following questions in your comments:

  1. How would you interview an applicant to a position via video conference?
  2. How can you avoid applicants from taking advantage from an interview like this?
  3. Would your company consider hiring via Skype? Why or why not?

 

 

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Comentarios

  1. CARITO EVELYN MORI MONTALVO escribió:

    1. How would you interview an applicant to a position via video conference?
    I would do it in two ways. The first one would send the candidate a series of questions to be recorded and then send the video with the answers to analyze it. The second, would use a virtual platform, such as Skype, Google Hangouts or Facebook Messenger; to be able to interview him in real time and to be able not only to measure his knowledge but also his personality.

    2. How can you avoid applicants from taking advantage from an interview like this?
    Personally, I am happy for the success of others, because the idea is that the virtual interview is successful and overcomes any obstacle, such as: Internet interruptions, external noise, equipment functionality, that the interviewee wait his turn to speak, that the space of the interviewee is appropriate, that the profile picture of the interviewee is professional and that the interviewee directs his gaze all the time to the camera for more eye contact. I think that the candidate can have a lot of advantage when taking into account all the aforementioned.

    3. Would your company consider hiring via Skype? Why or why not?
    I prefer not to hire on Skype, because body language is not well visualized by a virtual interview. We must remember that our body speaks what our mouth is silent and that can only be observed in a face-to-face interview. In addition, there is a study where it states that 55% is the meaning of our body language, 28% of voice intonation and 17% is what we say.

  2. Hortensia Mamani escribió:

    After reading the article, answer the following questions in your comments:

    How would you interview a candidate for a position through a video conference?
    According to the position that is presented, after the candidate has already sent his / her documented curriculum, the interview will basically be a response to a specific situation, for example:
    How would you solve a conflict in the classroom, etc.
      How can you prevent applicants from taking advantage of an interview like this?
    You could limit the exposure time, and ask it to be concrete and sufficient.
    Would you consider your company to contract through Skype? Why or why not?
    My company can not consider hiring through Skype since it is necessary to measure tone of voice, way of explaining a topic, their body language and that is explicit, very explicit.

  3. Luis S. Coaquira Paredes escribió:

    How would you interview an applicant to a position via video conference?

    First, I would send you an email indicating the date and time of the interview.
    On the day of the interview I would ask you the following questions:
    – What is your salary expectation?
    -What is your experience in the position to which you apply?
    -What is your time availability?
    – What was your last job?

    How can you avoid applicants from taking advantage from an interview like this?
    Before the interview, I would ask for your Currilum Vitae in order to verify the information in advance.
    On the day of the interview, you will be asked to set up in a large and well-lit environment, this will allow us to see your expressions during the interview.

    Next, specific questions were asked about their previous jobs and their skills for the job. While saying your answers we can see their expressions when responding avoiding any kind of deception.

    Would your company consider hiring via Skype? Why or why not?
    No, because initially an initial selection is made and only qualified candidates are asked for an interview.
    In addition to many of the positions you want to know other aspects of the applicants, such as punctuality, presentation and leadership. These things can not be observed in their true magnitude in a videoconference.

  4. GILBERTO FELIX TASAYCO escribió:

    Good night.
    1. I would dig into Facebook and the tweet about the personality of the candidate. Then he would see his organizational skills by observing his room, clothing, personal care, etc.
    2. In the interview. I would tell the candidate not to put any paper on his desk.
    3. In my opinion, a personal and direct interview is preferable. That is the rule; however, there is one exception: remote work. In fact, the immediacy or face to face is better than Skype because it allows me to observe and evaluate with better results the aptitudes and attitudes of a candidate.
    Warm regards.

  5. Norma Eyzaguirre escribió:

    1. How would you interview an applicant to a position via video conference?
    I think I would interview an applicant at first noting the date and time of the interview, with very clear objectives.
    2. How can you avoid applicants from taking advantage from an interview like this?
    I consider than the best is show yourself sincerely in any moment, I believe that sincerity and honesty are the best tools during an interview.
    3. Would your company consider hiring via Skype? Why or why not?
    The company would consider hiring via Skype because is a new way of using the technology to capture talents.

  6. Ferdinand escribió:

    ¿Cómo entrevistaría a un candidato para un puesto a través de una videoconferencia?
    Utilizo una herramienta como skype, hang out. Tomo en cuenta las diferencias horarias. Al candidato preguntas sobre su anterioir trabajo, logros alcanzado, expectativas salariales, que aportaria al puesto que postula

    ¿Cómo puede evitar que los solicitantes se aprovechen de una entrevista como esta?
    La entrevista ayuda a validar los datos que el postulante coloco en su cv, la revision de los datos del postulante se deben realizar previo a la entrevista

    ¿Consideraría su empresa contratar a través de Skype? ¿Por qué o por qué no?

    Si la empresa utiliza soluciones basadas en tecnologia de microsoft, skype se integra muy bien en las entrevistas.
    735/5000
    How would you interview a candidate for a position through a video conference?
    I use a tool like skype, hang out. I take into account time differences. To the candidate questions about his previous work, achievements reached, salary expectations, that he would contribute to the position he postulates

    How can you prevent applicants from taking advantage of an interview like this?
    The interview helps to validate the data that the applicant places in his CV, the revision of the data of the applicant must be done prior to the interview

    Would you consider your company to contract through Skype? Why or why not?

    If the company uses solutions based on Microsoft technology, Skype integrates very well in the interviews.

  7. Ferdinand Pineda escribió:

    How would you interview a candidate for a position through a video conference?
    I use a tool like skype, hang out. I take into account time differences. To the candidate questions about his previous work, achievements reached, salary expectations, that he would contribute to the position he postulates

    How can you prevent applicants from taking advantage of an interview like this?
    The interview helps to validate the data that the applicant places in his CV, the revision of the data of the applicant must be done prior to the interview

    Would you consider your company to contract through Skype? Why or why not?

    If the company uses solutions based on Microsoft technology, Skype integrates very well in the interviews.

  8. Omar Vasquez escribió:

    1. I will use Skype because it’s the most used in the world and because I know how to use it. Before the interview, I would send all the instructions, like the hour and the techniques requirements.

    2. I would trust in my instinct and the nonverbal language of the applicant. It’s not possible to avoid that the applicant has a help in his screen but I would be attentive to his look and try to make the conversation fluid so that there are no breaks in which the applicant can see his help in his screen.

    3. I work in a public entity where the formalities of contracting in the state are respected (always presencial), so for now it is impossible to interview using the video call.

  9. BEATRIZ EMILIANA HUAMAN BARRUETA escribió:

    1. How would you interview an applicant to a position via video conference?
    I would look directly to the person, so he/she knows i am paying attention to the way the interviewee reacts and behaves. I would also ask about his/her interest for the position. Finally, a would make the person comfortable smiling.

    2. How can you avoid applicants from taking advantage from an interview like this?
    Making sure the person is the correct one. I would ask the person aspects related to their CV, for example, to share their experience related to the position they are applying for, their training, their references. In addition, he would ask questions related to his/her identification.

    3. Would your company consider hiring via Skype? Why or why not?
    Yes, they would, because the interview via Skype gives the opportunity to candidates who live in remote geographical areas in a differents geographical zone o área to access calls without having to travel, minimizing costs to both the company and the candidates.

  10. SILVIA JULIANA DE GUADALUPE IBANEZ SALAZAR escribió:

    Respect the first question
    I would ask him why he is applying, what experience he has in this at a personal and group level?.
    What has been his biggest challenge in a similar job and what strategies he took and achievements he made?.

    About the second question
    Why did you leave the last job? What do you think of your last boss?
    What is your opinion about our company?
    Why did you leave the last job? What do you think of your last boss?
    About the third question
    In my opinion the internet interview is not the best option, because you do not see the development and management of the person as a whole, as your management as part of a team, as a possible leader.

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