Virtual communications is impacting the job market in a new way, with companies increasingly conducting job interviews via video conferences rather than face-to-face. Applicants need to make sure they are ready for this change.
I wonder if this may be another of those issues where there is a generational gap. My sense is older folks will be very concerned about how they look on camera. Younger professionals who may have been Skypeing throughout college may be less inhibited.
I do think it saves time for both the interviewee and interviewer, so eventually, it will become quite common.
I think getting body language and eye contact down is really important when interviewing for a job this way. How many of us who've used video calling often end up looking at ourselves rather than making eye contact with the person on the other end? I imagine people would do this even more when interviewing, due to nervousness and wanting to make sure you look OK. But it's important to maintain eye contact with the person on the other end, not one's own reflection.
Kind of nerve wracking - Very much so. Maybe some on hold music or a video to keep the caller entertained while one tidys up a bit. Throw on a turtle neck and coat they won't see the sweat pants anyway.
Actually, when it comes to taking unsolicted video calls I relate to the concern about appearing video-ready. It puts a kind of strain on a person concerned with performing publicly at a moment's notice with no prior preparation. Kind of nerve wracking.
Oh boy tell me this isn't so. I was promoting video conferencing hardware for personal computers back in 95 and have been using it since. Actually there is no challenge to it anymore it's built in - right off the shelf systems - or you buy a webcam and the software comes with it. For some reason people are just "not into it" that much. I guess if people are forced to use it they will. I do know that people have all kinds of excuses or reasons to not use it. Believe it or not the number one is . . "oh I might not look my best if I get a call I wasn't expecting".
Enterprises would like to move to cloud computing but are hesitant because they are concerned about providers’ ability to secure company data. Here are some tips that help to ensure that if breaches occur, the business is not left holding the bag.
Big-data has become a big point of emphasis for many businesses. While the technology is available to deploy these applications, the needed personnel often is not. As a result, analytic engineers' salaries have blown past the six-figure mark, and hiring these experts has become a challenge for IT managers.
Increasingly, companies are using videoconferencing technology to help employees collaborate with co-workers, partners, and customers. As a result, demand for technicians is rising, and companies are finding it difficult to retain their quality workers.
A recent survey by Endace found that 23% of companies experience some type of network problem daily and another 25% have a serious problem each month. Enterprise networks are still very unreliable and probably will continue to be in the near term.
ITRC found that more than 600 security breaches took place in 2012. Flaws were found in some of the nation's most respected companies: Apple, Citibank, and Wells Fargo. So, it seems the bad guys are doing better than the men in the white hats.
A survey by JD Powers found that customer interest in product features is lessening as phones evolve. Rather than features, price is driving purchases, and that change could have a dramatic impact on how IT departments secure these devices.
The iPad Mini is the latest iteration of the exploding tablet category. Because most tablets are WiFi-only, they create a new kind of mobile network. The problem is that we don't have issues like roaming and security defined for this new world.
Intel's numbers say the PC is at risk, and Microsoft's Windows 8 interface is an attempt to make Windows relevant in the tablet age. But Microsoft could be betting too much. A dramatic transformation to cloud-and-appliance would mean a big change for our industry.
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