Interviews

How to Ace a Video Interview

Posted on October 23, 2015. Filed under: Executive Job Search, Interviews, Job Market Trends, Job Search Tips | Tags: |

job interviewSo you got the interview. Congratulations. But you don’t have the job yet. If the only thing that’s between you and your dream job is a video interview, it’s crucial for you to be extra prepared. Video interviews pose a whole new set of challenges for job candidates — and they aren’t all what you’d expect.

Video conference company PGi’s infographic on video interviews sheds light on some staggering statistics. Aside from reporting what we already knew — that video interviews are on the rise — they also reveal that the way we communicate over video differs greatly from the way we communicate in person. If you’re a Skype or Google Hangouts user, you already know that between technology glitches, faulty microphones, and time delays, getting our message across over video can be a big challenge. The infographic confirms what you may have already expected:

Your facial expression and tone of voice matter far more than the actual words you say.

True, it’s shocking to think that hires are made based upon factors that many of us don’t consciously control. But we see a silver lining in these statistics: First, video interviews have the ability to cut through some of the typical nervousness caused by in-person interviews because you are in the comfort of your own home. And second, when you put verbal communication on the back burner, it frees you up to find your “personality match” at a job — a factor that can play a big role in how happy you will be at the company.

When you look at it this way, it’s easy to see many reasons to embrace the format of the video interview.

Still, a video interview requires just as much preparation as an in-person interview, only the typical interview prep advice needs a little update. The following are some tips that can help you put your best foot forward, even when you’re not asked to step outside your home:

Do your part to make the interview go smoothly.

The same courtesies that apply to an in-person interview also apply to a video interview. This means you must show up on time and not let technical difficulties stop you. It’s imperative to test your equipment beforehand. Make sure your computer is charged, your microphone works, and that you have a steady internet connection in a quiet, calm space. Also, know how your equipment works. If you will be asked to screenshare as part of the interview, be 100% sure you aren’t sharing too much.

How you look and act matter more than ever.

Your interviewers may only see you from the waist up, but that half is crucial. Video interviews are the right time to break out your inner film director and plan out your wardrobe, angles, and lighting. It doesn’t make you vain — these are precautions that allow your interviewers to see you clearly and not get distracted. Set yourself up in front of a solid background with the camera at eye level, and make sure you aren’t backlit. Look at the camera, not the screen, so you make digital “eye contact” with your interviewers. And remember to speak a little more slowly and clearly than you need to in person.

Be ultra-prepared.

Have you sent over all important documents ahead of time? Do you know each of your interviewers’ names? Have you planned out answers to potential questions? The better prepared you are, the smoother the video interview process will go, and the better “digital” impression you’ll make.

Remember, you’re working with a different set of challenges in a video interview, but it’s also a different set of benefits. Work to create a frictionless interview experience where you can showcase how bright, friendly, and interested you are, and you’ll be well ahead of the curve.

Take a crash course.

Believe it or not, but you can get help. Just like you would take a course on almost anything, you can take mock interview courses to improve your skills here. Yes, it takes eating some humble pie, but it’s wise to find out where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Click here to learn more about our Video Interviewing Crash Course.

 

 

Stephen Van VreedeAbout Stephen—-

Stephen Van Vreede is not your average IT/technical résumé writer. He provides career strategy and concierge job search solutions for senior (15+ years) (ITtechExec) and up-and-coming (NoddlePlace) (5-15 years) tech and technical operations leaders. Stephen and his team focus on building simplified, targeted, and certain career move campaigns, be it an external search or an internal promotion. He is co-author of UNcommon with career development leader Brian Tracy (out June 11, 2015). Contact Stephen directly at Stephen@ittechexec.com or send him an invite at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreede. To see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, take their free (and anonymous) 1-minute compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You? Also, feel free to take his complimentary resume self-assessment quiz, How Certain Can You Be About Your Technical Resume? You might be surprised by what you find out!

 

 

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No More Excuses! Today’s a New Work Day

Posted on July 21, 2015. Filed under: Career Management, Interviews, Job Search Tips, LinkedIn, Personal Branding, Recruiting, Salary |

career changeIn my household, we have kind of a silly ritual. Whenever my wife or I or our daughter launches into a long list of reasons why we haven’t done something, or can’t do something, one of us says, “No more excuses. Today’s a new day.”

Although each of us cringes a little when we’re called out on our excuses, more often than not, the truth is that we have been hiding behind one or all of them. They’re comfortable. They help us rationalize why we have been putting this or that off. And sometimes it takes a little push to get us out of that cozy lull we’ve been in.

Does that describe you when it comes to your career progression? Do you have a list of excuses a mile long and several feet deep? I bet many of them are even very reasonable ones. The problem is, of course, that even if they are valid, they are still holding you back from progressing in your career. A valid excuse is not necessarily a good excuse to stay in that comfortable place. If you stay there too long, you might be in for a rude awakening.

So, no more excuses! Today’s a new day!

Not too long ago, my team and I introduced 4 “crash course” options. These are 4 great ways you can begin to work toward your career progression without getting in too deep, too fast. Think of them as baby steps, but key ones, because they will get you a solid primer of what to expect in today’s tech job market and a starting point for launching that career move you’ve been putting off.

SPECIAL 10-Day Promotion

To help give you a gentle nudge, we are even offering a 10-day promotion on each of our courses. From today, July 21, to Thursday, July 30, if you send me an email at Stephen@ittechexec.com with the subject line “Crash Course Promo”, we will send you a special promo code to give you $50 off each course. Our courses are normally $295 each, but for the next 10 days, you can get them for $245 each.

By the way, that’s $50 off each course, so if you reserve a spot in two, then you get $100 off!

Four Crash Course Offerings

All four of the courses outlined here are conducted by either myself or Sue, our concierge Job Search Agent. They are all one-on-one, don’t require too much of your time (usually 1-2 hours at most), and highly valuable because of how market relevant they are,

Instead of basic pre-recorded webinars that speak generally, we offer them as customized, 1-1 training.

You can learn more and reserve your spot in the personalized “course” today by clicking on the links with each course description. Don’t forget to email me at Stephen@ittechexec.com, though, for the $50 off promo code!

LinkedIn Crash Course: Because of the rising relevance of LinkedIn in not just the hiring process but also in ongoing career management, we find that many of our members are not really using it or are unaware of how best to use it for them. They know enough to dabble with it, and they know it is important, but they don’t have the time or energy to research how to become an “expert” at it. That’s where we come in!

Salary Negotiation Crash Course: Our most popular course, here we dive into the nuances of salary negotiation to look at how to “win” by focusing the discussion on value, not experience. Most people try to negotiate from a position of experience, thinking that should “sell” it. Instead we devise a strategy for how to shift the discussion to one of value.

Video Interviewing Crash Course:The higher up the corporate ladder you go, and especially if you are dealing with global companies, the more likely it is that you will face video interviewing. This course includes a mock video interview session with subsequent analysis. Even if you don’t end up having a video interview, you can still benefit from a third-party analysis of your interviewing strategy (notice I did not say “skills,” I said “strategy.”

Recruiter Engagement Crash Course: As you work with Sue on either obtaining our customized recruiter list or the full-service recruiter matching campaign (where Sue takes the list and makes the introductions on your behalf), or if you go about it on your own, you will begin to engage with recruiters who respond and show interest in you and your background. Sometimes it is great; other times it is a confusing world. When recruiters come to you, things can be good, but when you reach out to them, then things can get complicated. I have many recruiter connections, and admittedly, they will tell me that they often say one thing when they mean another. So it is wise to get educated on “recruiter speak.”

 

 

About Stephen—-

Stephen Van Vreede is not your average IT/technical résumé writer. He provides career strategy and concierge job search solutions for senior (15+ years) (ITtechExec) and up-and-coming (NoddlePlace) (5-15 years) tech and technical operations leaders. Stephen and his team focus on building simplified, targeted, and certain career move campaigns, be it an external search or an internal promotion. He is co-author of UNcommon with career development leader Brian Tracy (out June 11, 2015). Contact Stephen directly at Stephen@ittechexec.com or send him an invite at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreede. To see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, take their free (and anonymous) 1-minute compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You? Also, feel free to take his complimentary resume self-assessment quiz, How Certain Can You Be About Your Technical Resume? You might be surprised by what you find out!

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Why You Need More Than Conventional Salary Negotiation Advice

Posted on June 23, 2015. Filed under: Career Management, Executive Job Search, Interviews, Job Market Trends, Job Promotion, Job Search Tips, Salary, Work Issues |

There’s a lot of salary negotiation advice out there that on the surface is solid, such as “go online and look at various salary comparables.” But most of the advice only focuses on one side of the negotiation, building your argument.

To get the most out of any negotiation, however, you want to make sure you understand the other side’s position as well as your own. And that’s where most professionals go wrong.

The following presentation helps you go beyond the conventional to get the best number, not just a satisfactory number, from your next salary discussion:

Stephen Van VreedeAbout Stephen—-

Stephen Van Vreede is not your average IT/technical résumé writer. He provides career strategy and concierge job search solutions for senior (15+ years) (ITtechExec) and up-and-coming (NoddlePlace) (5-15 years) tech and technical operations leaders. Stephen and his team focus on building simplified, targeted, and certain career move campaigns, be it an external search or an internal promotion. He is co-author of UNcommon with career development leader Brian Tracy (out June 11, 2015). Contact Stephen directly at Stephen@ittechexec.com or send him an invite at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreede. To see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, take their free (and anonymous) 1-minute compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You? Also, feel free to take his complimentary resume self-assessment quiz, How Certain Can You Be About Your Technical Resume? You might be surprised by what you find out!

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