Interviewing for jobs? LinkedIn lets you get advice from friends first
When it comes to a job interview, the best advice might be practice, practice, practice.
Job applicants are navigating a new landscape, where initial interviews and conversations may be as likely to occur via Skype or text as they are face to face in an office. However the interview process begins, anticipating what you might be asked by a potential employer and how to respond can go a long way toward feeling more at ease.
Starting Tuesday, job search and networking site LinkedIn will enable users who record themselves answering potential interview questions to send the clip to members of their network for feedback.
LinkedIn users are already able to peruse a list of sample questions, as well as videos that offer expert tips on how to best answer them. While sample videos showing how others responded are available only to premium members, all the other features are complimentary.
Sites like Glassdoor and Quora also highlight questions job applicants may encounter when interviewing for positions at particular companies, says Colleen Madden Blumenfeld, spokeswoman for the jobs outsourcing firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
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Nowadays, it’s not just questions that job seekers need to prep for. They also need to understand platforms like Slack and Skype, which may be the initial way they connect with potential employers.
“Many job seekers are particularly worried about the tech aspect of video interviews, for instance, will they be able to work the app or be heard and seen clearly,” she says. ” It’s a best practice to run through a few practice calls with friends or family. Job seekers also need to be mindful of how they are lit or what is behind them in the shot, as it adds to how they are viewed both figuratively and literally by the interviewer.”