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Tips for a Successful Virtual Interview

Virtual interviews are replacing in-person interviews in the current climate; however, they have already been around for some time. Ensuring your interview is successful can be tricky as it could be hard to make a personal connection with your interviewer through a computer screen.

Here are some useful tips for a successful virtual interview:

Camera Positioning – Your camera should be at eye level. You may need to prop your computer on a sturdy surface in order to have proper eye contact instead of tilting/angling your computer or camera. Try not to sit too far or too close to the camera. Mid-torso and above should be shown on the screen, especially if you are someone who tends to talk with your hands. Also, ensure to mute text and email notifications as these can interrupt and distract the interview.

Background/Lighting – For daytime interviews, facing a window with natural lighting is your best option, and you can clearly see yourself. Too much overhead lighting can be harsh, wash you out, or cast shadows. Sit in front of neutral backgrounds/walls that contrast with your outfit to make you stand out. Try and avoid big rooms with a lot of clutter; you want the interviewer to focus on you without any distractions. Some platforms offer an assortment of virtual backgrounds, which could be another useful option.

Record a Mock Interview – Practice interviews are typically standard preparation, which should be utilized by candidates. Ask a colleague, friend, or anyone who has the time to sit down and do a mock interview with you. Many video platforms have a record option where you can record the video and audio for your use to playback. This feature will help you see any mannerisms, speaking clarity, presence, or other items that will land you the job.

Executive Coaching and Career Transformation

Taking the pivotal next step in your career and transitioning to a top-level manager or the ‘C-Suite’ level, should be taken with great care. Innovative leaders invest time and monetary resources to provide leadership with executive coaching to ensure they are successful in the transition of their new role or existing role.

Executive coaching focuses on various crucial executive components, including implementation challenges, planning, career development and goals, interpersonal interactions/communication – essentially a third-party outside support system. The benefits of such coaching can enhance your capabilities as a leader and assist you in being a pivotal contributor to the company.

Companies who make a positive investment in their leadership team can help ease the transition by navigating through potential challenges, thereby creating opportunities. A well-thought-through employee development plan will give you and your organization an advantage towards continued success.

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

The attribute of having emotional intelligence in company leadership has and always will be essential. Organizations should not only focus on the technical skills of applicants but should also seek out a well-rounded individual. Leadership that exudes emotional intelligence impacts the culture and atmosphere starting from the top down.  

Leaders, supervisors, and managers should have the ability to perceive, reason, understand, and manage emotions. Meaning, they should be able to process and understand others’ feelings and be able to have emotional control within themselves. These qualities can help drive a positive and productive environment.

There are ways to evaluate this trait within the leadership team through assessments, which include self-reporting ability testing and professional tests administered through a third-party. If cultivating a constructive, helpful environment is vital to your organization, these qualities should definitively be administered on any potential new hires and existing employees.

Tips for a Memorable Resume

Creating a memorable resume can be tough, particularly, composing one that stands out amongst the rest.

Make it eye-catching – Using a bold, professional color scheme could help ensure the hiring manager sees your resume amid the plain, generic-looking ones. A uniquely designed resume could give it an extra boost, especially if it is a cohesive brand with your LinkedIn page.

Content is vital – You should avoid bullet points with every menial task you have done in each position. Highlight your key accomplishments in each role and try not to get into the meticulous details of your everyday tasks. Do not copy your job description line by line, make it concise and to the point. No one wants to read a seven-page resume, and most are short on time, present your first few points with the most impactful achievements in each role.

Customize – Try not to send the same resume to every job application. Tailor your resume to each position without being misleading. Companies have specific strengths they are seeking in their next potential hire, and usually, the job description will highlight them.

Truthful – Hiring managers rely on applicants to be truthful and accurate in their resume, as it is all they have to go off of before scheduling a phone screen. Key accomplishments you have outlined in your resume can be vetted through the interview process, professional reference checks, and education verification.

Getting your foot in the door and ensuring your resume resonates with the Company is the first step, make sure it’s unforgettable!

Transitioning Back into the Workplace

Transitioning Back into the Workplace

As cities, businesses, and life slowly start to navigate the new social world as we now know it, how will your organization manage it? Arguably, there is no perfect answer. Companies should follow the necessary guidelines, but every operational process is different. What works for your company and your employees may not work for another.

Here are a few beginning, tangible areas you should think about:

  • Remote work, where and when it makes sense
  • Flexible work hours with set deadlines
  • Working from home and shifting into rotating set schedules at the office
  • Technological advancements in your organization for customers or clients to replace in-person meetings
  • Innovative leadership and comradery from afar by creatively ensuring employee engagement
  • Professional development while providing channels where there can be continual learning from digital conferences, and webinars to online programs/courses

Every employee’s home situation is different, and it is in each company’s best interest for managers/supervisors to understand what works best for their employees. Moving forward, some organizations may deem it unnecessary for employees to go into the office every day of the week, and partial or permanent remote work may simply work.

Executives, what does your future look like?

Are you ready for your next career move? Applying for a new opportunity must mean you are ready to move on from your current company, right? Taking the next step can be intimidating but necessary.

A new opportunity shouldn’t be a shot in the dark just because you want to test the waters; it should be something you want to see through to the end. Employers count on their potential candidates to be a strategist as part of their organization. As a candidate, take the time to research the company, understand the expectations of the role, and see what the future has to offer you. Titles are important to some, not all, and many companies have various titles that differ from other organizations.  Follow your dream of making an impact to a new company and be adaptable to change and opportunities, not just seeing what today brings.

Now is the time to seek future possibilities for potential growth, take a chance on what the possibilities can be, don’t be afraid to make it happen!

Going Digital with Professional & Personal Development

In this current climate, do you find yourself with a bit more time on your hands? Many people are trying to find ways to be productive in their downtime; and capitalizing on various e-learning platforms offering their services digitally could fill that space. Many organizations are offering online learning, career development, personal development, and even conferences, virtually.

LinkedIn offers a free trial month through their platform called LinkedIn Learning for individuals, which include courses anywhere from learning how to use different software, specific subjects and topics, to continuing education units.  Additionally, SHRM and other companies offer educational courses for their members, which are free or discounted.

Due to social distancing measures, conferences you may have attended in-person are being creative and are bringing the conference to your remote office, specifically, the mobile app, Whova, Inc. Whova is an event and conference application with live and interactive events from Q&A’s, demos, networking, and live chats.

Taking advantage of online tools is something to look into during this period of uncertainty, it can only positively benefit your personal and professional development.

Beware of Rising Scams!

With the current uncertain economic climate, scammers are thinking of somewhat ‘new’ and creative ways to steal information and money from unsuspecting people.

Hiring is being heightened, and third-party vendors are claiming they are acting on behalf of companies to complete background verifications on new hires or existing employees. They are requesting confidential and personal information to be emailed or faxed – these emails look legitimate as they are obtaining personal emails through various digital channels.

Should you receive an email from a third-party vendor, always check with your hiring manager or the company you interviewed with before sending any information to them, as companies do outsource their screening. With this, third-party vendors should not request specific information such as birth dates, social security numbers, and any other sensitive information as the hiring company will have already provided this information to them via a secure portal. Typically, when these vendors request information from a candidate, they are verifying hiring dates, schools/universities attended, and things of the like.

Everyone is susceptible to these scams, including small businesses. The scam to take note as of recent is a phone message from individuals claiming to be calling on behalf of the GSA inquiring about a 5-year contract with the Federal Government. By doing a little research, reviewing articles outlining a spike in imposter calls relating to COVID-19 and the GSA, you will immediately know if you are being scammed. Please review the GSA’s eLibrary list of vendors here.

These schemes may not necessarily be ‘new,’ but they are becoming more prevalent. We implore you to be more vigilant than ever during these challenging times.

Should Candidates Consider Opportunities at Different Compensation Levels?

When sourcing and recruiting candidates for a specific role or position, as a recruiter, you should always set the expectations up front with your candidates from the beginning. With the unemployment rate being at its lowest in almost 50 years, with small fluctuations monthly, candidates believe they are in control of salary negotiations, not the client or company.

Although a company gives a salary range, it does not necessarily constitute the level of pay required of the institution. Important variables candidates fail to realize:

1. Company asset size varies, which has a significant impact on compensation. Larger corporations typically have different pay bands than smaller organizations.
2. Organizational charts can differ from company to company. A Senior Vice President at one company can be at the Vice President level of another.
3. Experience does not strictly apply to the number of years of experience. Experience pertains to the job scope and qualifications required of the position and whether or not the candidate meets some or all of the requirements, significantly impact the final offer.

Of course, many other variables could influence the final offer – bonuses, PTO, benefits – the list could go on.

Every position is different. It is essential to focus on finding the right opportunity and ensuring the qualifications and level of experience are presented to the hiring manager, as appropriate.

Innovative Leadership – What do Companies look for?

More than ever, companies are focusing their attention on recruiting innovative leaders to forge an ever-evolving path for their organization. They want leaders to push the limit with questions, observations, networking, experimenting, and advanced thinking – never ceasing to discover the unimaginable.

Being part of a team who works for an innovative leader, organizational growth can be exponential as they explore new concepts and break down barriers. These leaders have the innate ability to imagine the impossible and communicate their vision to others who will add to the bigger picture. With a charismatic character, innovative leaders foster an environment of futuristic change and are ambitious in obtaining an optimal result.

As new ideas are established and set in motion, enhancements to the company can be used to help drive it to even greater success. Introducing and exploring technological advancements and digital improvements are necessary for growth. Centering on a digital footprint provides companies with an infinite, information-based foundation, leveraging information that may otherwise be unknown or out of reach. With the right digital extensions, the corporate business initiatives will thrive and create opportunities beyond today!