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07/20/08
Careers in Chemistry. Future Trends 8. Virtual Video Interviews
Filed under: Interviewing, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 4:42 pm

This entry is related to the June 22, 2008
one on the use of blogs in job searches.
The focus is on virtual video interviewing.

v.v.i. (Virtual Video Interviewing) is a
tool that is slowly being accepted and
will be used increasingly in screening
candidates for interviews.  This blog is
set up to provide references and a point
of contact and discussion for the
symposium presentation at the Philadelphia
national American Chemical Society
meeting.

Briefly, most screening of candidates to
determine who is a serious candidate to
invite in for an on-site interview is done
either at job fairs, career fairs (like the
ACS national and regional meetings), at
university placement centers and via
telephone interviews.  They require

 - travel (in all but telephone),
 - specific location arrangements,
 - time commitment of at least 45 minutes,
 - meeting some employment
regulations for balancing age, national
origin, etc..

One can find several links sharing experiences
of virtual video interviews, where specific
advantages were highlighted:

1.  significant time savings especially
when strong communication skills are
essential (American graduates in foreign
countries and vice-versa) for the
candidate to be successful
(sorts out many language issues better
than a phone).

2.   academic employment screening is
aided since several people can view the
identical performance at different times
and more than once.

  One nice starting point link that
aids interviewees offers types of
questions and suggestions for preparation
is from the University of South Florida
.
  
Several university placement centers, like
the Univ of Maryland,
tout the use of
virtual video interviewing

as a way to practice and improve
with and without the help of consultants,
(Babson).  Others  (Cincinnati)
coordinate v.v.i. with hiring
companies as part of current
screening.

This is influencing the nature of career
fairs,
such that NACE and WSJ are now
piloting
virtual career fairs.

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