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Nailing the (Virtual) Job Interview

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Posted at 11:05 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 12:05:16-04

Amid unprecedented unemployment the competition for what jobs are out there is stronger than ever. If you’re applying keep in mind the pandemic is also affecting how job interviews are being conducted.

“It has stopped the face-to-face interviews,” said Toni Mansion, the director of career and testing services at South Louisiana Community College. “We're finding most employers right now are having to utilize some type of live video interview process to interview potential candidates.”

Mansion says although the dynamics of the traditional interview have changed, the fundamentals remain the same.

“Speaking well, maintaining your composure, those things are still important even though it's not face-to-face because the employer can still see you,” said Mansion.

Candidates will likely face interviews over video conferencing software like Zoom, which Mansion says adds another layer to preparing for an interview.

She offered this advice:

  • Understand the software that will be used for the job interview. Download it ahead of time and familiarize yourself.
  • Most video-conferencing apps will require you to create an account. Be sure to choose a professional user id or screen name.
  • Prepare a well-lit area in your home, free of distractions for the actual interview.
  • Practice!
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“I call it the elevator pitch,” said Mansion. “Introduce yourself, that's when you can highlight your education, your skills, to help the employer understand why they should hire you and why you are the best candidate.”

Mansion says if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.

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