Dear Tech Leader,
So 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.
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.
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: 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 or familiar setting. 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.
My name is Stephen Van Vreede, and my team and I spend every day watching the IT and technical job market closely for my client members as a Technical Résumé Writer and IT Job Search Specialist, as well as a Technical Career Adviser to several news/industry outlets, like TechRepublic, Dice, the Linux Foundation, and CIO.com. And I can confidently say that the market is a “zoo” and that corporate hiring and retention practices are full of “goo” (aka, a hot, sticky mess).
And the interview process is perhaps the worst of all of it.
Of course you can do your best to prepare for your video interview on your own (maybe videotape yourself or have a loved one do it for you). But it is difficult to create an interview setting and get immediate feedback from someone who watches your market.
Support structures that are backed by a strong team are the hallmark of any strong business model, and they should be the hallmark of today’s wisest “corporate entrepreneurs” (sorry, that’s a shameless plug for my book UNCOMMON with Brian Tracy, Summer 2015, where I talk about “corporate entrepreneurship”).
Video Interviewing Crash Course
So with that said, we’ve devised some critical “crash courses” to support key areas in your job search efforts. Our latest crash course covers Video Interviewing. Created and conducted by me with materials compiled by Sheree Van Vreede, my bride and our quality control and market watchdog (she’s the thought leader who keeps us on the cutting edge of our industry), this customized, 1-1 course conducted by me is is guaranteed to (1) get you up to speed without taking too much of your time (1-2 hours tops), (2) give you a strategy tailored to your goals (new job or future career advancement), and (3) provide you with the certainty that you need to know only what you need to know and the convenience of not having to spend hours of free time doing the wrong things or reading up on all the latest video interviewing hype.
“So I found out that the latest round of interviews toward the internal promotion I was going for was to be done by video with overseas leadership. If the interview process isn’t nerve-wracking enough, now I was going to have to connect to people that weren’t even physically in the room. Thanks to Stephen and the video interviewing crash course, I went into the situation far more prepared and feeling ‘certain’ than I ever would have been. And I got the promotion!” Andrea S., IT Project Manager, Denver, CO
How It Works
If you have a current interview or upcoming one, we can tailor the course to that. Or we can provide a general video interviewing session, where we discuss various strategies. Our crash course starts out with some preliminary information gathering that includes a few questions for you to answer and an assessment of the current state of your interviewing needs. We will then conduct a mock video interview followed by analysis and training during a 1-hour Skype session. We will also share course materials and provide follow-up to see how things are going after the course.
Sounds simple? It is!
Interested in Our Other Crash Courses?
In addition to the Video Interviewing crash course, we have three other courses, all focused on key elements of today’s job search/career advancement. Like this Crash Course, they are all customized, 1-1 sessions with course material, require no more than 1-2 hours of your time, and are just $295 each.
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 conducted by me, 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.
Recruiter Engagement Crash Course: As you either work with Sue, our concierge Job Search Agent, on 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 pursue recruiters 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.”
If you’re interested in more than one of our courses, we offer some bundled savings options:
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