How to Ace a Virtual Job Interview
If you haven't participated in a virtual job interview yet, it may be only a matter of time before you do. More than one-third of all business communications in the United States take place via Skype as the primary means of interaction, and reaching out to promising IT talent for possible job placements is no exception. After all, organizations can save a significant amount of money and time by conducting initial job screenings virtually, as opposed to bringing candidates into the office—especially if candidates aren't in the same city. With this in mind, digital marketing and technology expert Paul Bailo presents the following 11 great ways to ace a virtual interview. The advice is compiled from his book, The Essential Digital Interview Handbook (Career Press/available now), and covers everything from proper lighting and sound to presentation preparation. The best way to distinguish yourself from a field of competitors, Bailo contends, is to do whatever it takes to make it appear as if you're sitting in the room with a potential employer—even if you're not. Bailo is CEO and founder of Phone Interview Pro, and has provided consulting for companies including Citibank, American Express and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.