AccruePartners is thrilled to announce our newest placement, Sara Dodd!! Sara will be an Administrative Assistant in her new role. She was working with recruiter Julie Sass. Good luck Sara!
1. Look Into The Camera. “During Skype interviews, some people fixate on themselves on the computer screen. This gives the impression that the candidate is not making eye contact with the interviewer on the other end. When an interview starts, take a moment to make sure you look fine on the screen, and then focus on looking into the camera.”–Davin Malasarn, Science Writer for the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles
2. Get Rid of Distractions. “Make sure that [you're] the only living object in view. Maybe you’re 27 and living with your parents, but the person interviewing you doesn’t need to know that. Let the people in your life know what’s happening, and insist they stay at the opposite side of the house/apartment. If you have kids, it would be helpful to have a babysitter come to make sure there is no crying during the Skype session. And pets should also be out of view.”–Rich DeMatteo, Co-Founder of Bad Rhino, a social media marketing firm, and Founder of Corn on the Job, a job search blog, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3. Put Your Hands Where They Can See Them. “Make sure that the camera on your computer gives a good shot of your head and shoulders, as well as of your hands. Remember that a good portion of understanding comes from body language and other non-verbal cues, so you want to make sure that the upper half of your body is showing.”–John Heckers, MA, CPC, BCPC, “Heckers Development Group, LTD, â€¨Cherry Creek, Colorado
4. Plug In Securely. “Plug your computer into an ethernet port, and plug your headphones into the computer’s jack. You want direct ethernet access because it’s far more stable than wireless, and you want to have headphones in to avoid playback from the speakers.”–Fan Bi, Founder + Chief Shirt, Blank Label, Boston, Massachussetts
5. Light Yourself Kindly. “Lighting [is crucial]. Set up two task lights on either side of the computer/webcam. Test the light so that it is evenly lit and flattering.”–â€¨Sarah Cornwellâ€¨, appbackr, Palo Alto, California
6. Dress For Success. “It may seem like a good idea to wear a dressy top, and shorts below where you think the camera might not see it. But you might be surprised how wardrobe malfunctions can happen. Dress the part 100 percent… just like you are going into a real interview, which this is!”–Dawn Rasmussen, CMP, president of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services, Portland, Oregon
7. Avoid Technical Difficulties. “It is of utmost importance to ensure that your internet connection works properly during a Skype interview. It is difficult to have a discussion if the interviewer is unable to hear you due to technological difficulties and interruptions. The impression will be that you are unreliable.”–Lynda Zugec, Managing Director, â€¨The Workforce Consultants, New York, New York
8. Sound Strong. “Clarity is very important. For heaven’s sakes, buy a USB [-connected] headset because the microphone jack usually provides a suboptimal experience.”–Tadd Rosenfeld, Principal at TeamLauncher.com, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
9. Slow It Down. “It can be easier to talk over people on a Skype call so wait for the interviewer to stop speaking before you answer. This also gives you a few seconds to think about what you want to say before you speak.”–Jessica Silverstein, Esq., Principal, Attorneys Counsel New York, New York.
10. Know Proper Web Cam Etiquette. “Do not sit too close to the camera. Sit up straight-posture goes a long way. Look at the camera. When you look directly at the camera, it appears to the interviewer that you are looking directly at them/making eye contact.”–Kendall Payne Slagle, Public Relations Manager for Offers.com, â€¨Austin, Texas
11. Lean In. “Sitting forward and leaning toward the camera so you become a talking head, just like on TV. This is the best way for employers to read your facial expression, which can add a great deal of meaning to your words.”–Ruth Sherman, founder of Ruth Sherman Associates, LLC Greenwich
12. Be Enthusiastic. “Skype interviews tend to dampen one’s personality so make anâ€¨ effort to smile and act like your pleasant self as much as possible.”–Christy Grimste,â€¨ Director, Educators Overseas, Tampa, Florida
13. Dress Dark With A Touch Of Color. “As in any on-camera scenarios, don’t wear stripes or tight woven patterns such as hounds tooth because they’ll come across like strobe lights to your interviewer. It’s best to wear a darker color with accents of jewel tones in a tie, or for a ladies shirt under a suit jacket, to bring a little color to the image.” –Jennifer Johnson, Founder, J. Johnson Executive Search, Inc., New York, New York
14. Get A Handle On It”Whether it’s Skype, an instant-messaging client, or another videoconferencing app, you likely have a user name or “handle” that you sign in with. Make sure it’s not something like beerlover2011 or casanova4u. As with your email account, choose something professional — if you can’t use just your name because it’s already taken, try your name combined with your industry (jsmith_writer, for instance).”–Charles Purdy, senior editor and career expert, Monster.com, San Francisco, California
15. Dress the part. When it comes to what you wear, treat your Skype interview like an in-person interview and dress professionally from head to toe (or at least from head to waist!). A professional dress code with video interviews is expected, not excused.
16. Prepare your surroundings. Pick a quiet place to interview without an elaborate backdrop so that you can be the focal point on the screen. Remove anything distracting behind you and keep it neutral.
17. Practice makes perfect. Doing a run through interview with a friend beforehand is helpful because your first few Skype calls are likely to feel awkward, especially if you have to retrain yourself to watch the camera and not the screen. Play around with everything beforehand so that when it’s interview time, you can shine without being distracted by the program.
18. Close other programs on your computer. Getting Facebook notifications during your interview is distracting and unprofessional. Before your interview, make sure all other windows on your computer are closed (especially if they make noise).
19. Use notes. Don’t be afraid to help yourself with post-it notes or a copy of your resume handy when you interview. A benefit of having a Skype interview is that you can have a cheat sheet in front of you so that you don’t have to memorize everything you want to mention.
20. But don’t rely too much on your notes. Just make sure your notes are easily scannable so that you use them as quick reminders, not a script. While having notes is certainly a plus, relying too heavily on them can cause awkward pauses during your interview. An interviewer won’t be impressed if they only see the top of your head during the interview, so while having notes is good, be sure to use them sparingly.
21. Avoid interruptions. If you are interviewing in a house with multiple people or pets, be sure to let everyone in the house know ahead of time that you will be in an interview while securing any animals away from your interview space. Nothing is less professional than having to tell your potential employer to hang on while you shoo your dog away from the camera.
22. Keep your profile professional. Unlike an in-person or phone interview, your first impression during a Skype interview doesn’t actually involve you. The first thing your interviewer will see is your Skype username and picture, so double check that they are both interview appropriate (or create a professional Skype account — after all, they’re free!)
23. Watch your body language. Not all physical cues translate from in-person interviews to Skype interviews, which make the ones that do even more important. Be sure to have good posture and relax your shoulders to avoid stiffness.
24. Avoid a “Can you hear me now?” situation. Nothing is more frustrating than only catching every other word a person is saying, so be sure to tweak the Skype audio ahead of time to make sure you can both hear and be heard without difficulty.
25. Make sure the interviewer is engaged. Stop every once in awhile and make sure your interviewer is engaged in what you are saying. Being aware of the interest level of your interviewer is crucial in a Skype interview since they may have interesting e-mails pop up that direct attention away from you.
26. Follow up! A thank-you letter is just as important after a Skype interview as it is in an in-person interview. Avoid following up on Skype, though, unless the interviewer requests it!
We are thrilled for Bridget McRae-Butler in her new position as an HR Contractor! Bridget worked with recruiters Brianna Shait and Shannon Messina. Keep up the hard work Bridget!
AccruePartners is pleased to announce that one of its staffing managers, Matthew Carr, took the Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) exam and passed.
“We would like to congratulate Matthew for earning this designation from the American Staffing Association,” said Amy Pack, Principal Partner of AccruePartners. “Continuing education is an integral part of our process and becoming a Certified Staffing Professional is an important credential that illustrates our commitment to both candidates and clients alike.”
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AccruePartners is thrilled to announce that they have been named as one of Inavero’s 2014 Best of Staffing® Award winners. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, the fifth annual Best of Staffing Award provides the only statistically valid and objective service quality benchmarks in the industry. The results reveal the top staffing agencies who deliver the highest satisfaction levels to their clients and the permanent and temporary employees for whom they find jobs. This year’s award highlights a growing divide among the industry’s leaders and laggards – identifying AccruePartners as one of the best staffing agencies for BOTH companies and job candidates to turn to when they are in need.
Lee Spencer will be working as an Accountant with one of our clients! Lee worked with recruiters Jessica Coggins and Yvete Howe. We look forward to having him represent AccruePartners!