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Effective preparation and execution for virtual career fairs

Employers may be changing the way they hire with our current social distancing, so as a candidate you need to be sure you prepare for the new methods.  Here are some best practices to help you present your skills effectively.

  • Location is important. Find a place in your home that you can be completely undisturbed with complete quiet. Since the interviewer will be able to see you, there should not be anything in the background that would be distracting to the employer. Try to find a blank wall that will keep the person focused on what you are saying.
  • Prepare as if you were going to meet with the interviewer in person. A video interview is just like an in person interview - dress for the interview by wearing a suit or equally appropriate attire for your industry and the position you are applying for.
  • Understand your technology. Identify what web platform or program you will be using and if you need to download it a few days in advance so you can make sure you won't have buffering issues for the interview. Determine how to position yourself for the best visual appearance on the webcam. Check your speaking volume and get a separate microphone if necessary. Detachable microphones are very affordable and can make the most soft spoken person sound confident and interview appropriate.
  • Practice with a friend to improve your skills. Have someone help you to establish what volume you should have on both your microphone and your speakers. Practice your speaking level with a friend. Get online with someone you trust and practice your tone and level of speech. Deliver answers to commonly asked questions, and questions you anticipate that are industry or position specific.

National organizations like Goodwill are helping job seekers find employers through virtual career fairs like this one - Goodwill Virtual Career Fair Event

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