Category Archives: Quick Tips

Video Conference Interviews

Quick Tip: Preparing for Skype or Phone Interviews

Video Conference Interviews

Video Conference Interviews

A while ago, we participated in #ResuChat, a bi-weekly chat hosted by @JackalopeJobs every other Tuesday on Twitter (UPDATE – this chat is no longer running). The Feb. 26 chat discussed different types of interviews; check out the wrap up here.

A question raised during that chat was how to prepare for Skype or phone interviews. We wanted to share a few of those tips, plus a few more, with a focus on some frequently overlooked suggestions:

  • Long before your interview, use your camera phone, iPad or webcam to record yourself responding to sample interview questions.  Listen for voice clarity, and pay close attention to your body language/movement.
  • Make sure the interviewer has your phone number and email address and you have theirs, in case you run into any connection problems.
  • Remember to account for time zone differences and day light savings or standard time.
  • Make sure your batteries (for your phone, laptop or tablet) are fully charged or stay plugged in during the interview.
  • Have at least one backup plan in place in case you get cut off during the interview. For example, if you have a Skype interview scheduled, make sure you have a phone on hand if Skype stops working. Likewise, have a second phone, (perhaps a landline), available if you are scheduled for a phone interview.
  • For Skype, add the interviewer’s account in advance of the interview, and give the interviewer your account name, as well. (more…)

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Use Job Search E-mail Alerts

Quick Tips: Use Job Search E-mail Alerts

The job search process can be complicated and time-consuming. But let’s be honest; there are some job search activities that are more effective than others. It’s better to spend time on activities that are high-yield (are more likely to result in actual job offers) than on ones that are low-yield. Scouring online job boards is a time-consuming, low-yield activity. So […]

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Explore Multiple Disciplines

Quick Tips for College Freshmen: Explore Multiple Disciplines

Even if you’re completely sure about your choice of major, it’s still a good idea to explore multiple disciplines, and your freshman year in college is a great time to start. There’s usually less room in your academic schedule to fit in classes from other departments the further along you get in your major, so take the time to explore […]

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Quick Tips: Cover Letters

(I originally posted these tips on Twitter. @sweetcareers) Use a formal business style when writing your cover letter, whether you send it in the body of an e-mail, as an attachment or in paper form Address the letter to a person, i.e. Dear Mr./Ms. ___: Send to “Hiring Committee” only if necessary; please do not address the letter “To Whom […]

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