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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

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

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

2 Responses to “Careers in Chemistry. Future Trends 8. Virtual Video Interviews”

  1. site admin Says:


    1. CLOTHING. Choose what you wear
    carefully. You never know who will be
    viewing the video and where it will go.

    Neat, organized, professional set-up
    and appearance are things you would
    expect to present in person. Consider
    it the same way for a video conference
    like this.

    Some people dress up from the “waist
    up”, then they stand up without thinking
    in the process

    Be careful. Also, refrain from wearing
    very busy patterns for the video meeting.

    2. SPEECH. Speak crisply, Have notes
    in a position where you can access them
    easily. Show that you are prepared.
    Show a smile as in a typical conversation.
    Consider using the telemarketers’ trick
    of having a mirror in view to remind
    yourself to smile and that a smile “comes
    through in your voice.”

    language and eye contact should reflect
    uninterrupted attention to the camera.
    But remember not to stare. Also,
    when a question is posed be aware
    of your facial expressions, slouching,
    chin in hands and other no one is
    watching habits that may creep in.

    4. POSTURE. Seat position should
    help you relax but not be invisible.
    Consider sitting on the front edge of
    the chair with enough of your upper
    torso captured. Be aware of what
    the camera can capture in the environment.

    5. AWARENESS. Avoid culturally
    insensitive gestures. Recently I have
    learned two things that were a surprise.

    One was the sign for OK with the
    thumb and pointing finger touching is
    not well received in many countries.
    Thumbs up can be better.

    Also, Asians I am told are made
    uncomfortable with too much body motion.

    a clock available to help you keep
    track of time

    7. EQUIPMENT. Test out your
    video and sound equipment before
    the video interview. Ensure the
    quality and fidelity are good and
    that they are synchronized which
    might be a function of software and
    hardware. Be mindful of the
    background in your camera view.

    As with all video capture, be aware of
    lighting and the frame stability tools
    of your web-cam.

    8. PRACTICE. Practice a Video
    interview to see how you look and

    9. PLANNING. Have a back up
    plan when you engage in this kind
    of interview. File size, memory sticks,
    sending items over the internet.

    Some tips taken from
    Joann S. Lubin, “The Do’s and Don’ts
    of Videoconferencing,”

  2. site admin Says:

    Added site containing updated standards:

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