Want to Nail Your Next Video Job Interview? Preparation is Key.
Interviewing over Skype can be incredibly stressful, especially if you haven't prepared correctly. The key to nailing the new job is in how you diligently arrange everything can control before the interview starts.
People who interview well often do so because of an ability to take control of what we can call the "interview atmosphere." These folks are masters of body language, eye contact, and all forms of interpersonal communication. Like a fine-tuned actor, they are brilliant in live performance.
But what happens if you take that keen ability and can it in a metal box? Video job interviews are on the rise, says Erin Carson of Tech Republic. And while the medium lacks the intimacy of a live meeting, Carson says there are still ways to ensure you come across well through the web.
The key to interviewing well on video? Preparation. You've got to be diligent in arranging the things you have control over so the things you don't -- i.e., the awkwardness of Skype -- don't harm you.
The first step is to protect yourself from glitches. Carson explains that a familiarity with the interview software is imperative:
You don't want to jump on a minute before your interview and find out there's some plugin you need to download... you'll look unprepared, and any time you lose from the interview, you probably won't get back.
Test your mic, speakers, computer, everything. It should be as seamless as a CNN segment. Which leads to...
Step two: dress the room. Whenever you watch cable news, the talking heads who are broadcast in from across the globe always appear before a pristine backdrop. While you shouldn't project an image of the U.S. Capitol behind you for your interview, making sure the room is tidy is a must. Practice staging yourself and keep an eye on lighting. Just like how dressing well projects something positive to a potential employer, a sloppy setup will only detract from how you're perceived.
The third bit of advice is to preclude any potential distractions from barging in. Pets are the main culprits here. An HR Director interviewed by Carson explains that you don't want to be remembered as the interviewee whose dogs went nuts. You want to be remembered for your qualifications, not for something strange that occurred during your interview. "The dog guy/girl" doesn't get the job.
Finally, Carson stresses professionalism, even in what can seem like an unprofessional setting. She admits that this is a broad bit of advice and that "professional" varies based on what you're interviewing for, but the same sort of presence that pushes you to the top in a live interview can propel you on video. Most important: be on time. It's one thing if you run into traffic on the way to a live interview. There isn't as much of a built-in excuse for being tardy to a Skype conference.
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If you want to know what makes a Canadian lynx a Canadian lynx a team of DNA sequencers has figured that out.
- A team at UMass Amherst recently sequenced the genome of the Canadian lynx.
- It's part of a project intending to sequence the genome of every vertebrate in the world.
- Conservationists interested in the Canadian lynx have a new tool to work with.
If you want to know what makes a Canadian lynx a Canadian lynx, I can now—as of this month—point you directly to the DNA of a Canadian lynx, and say, "That's what makes a lynx a lynx." The genome was sequenced by a team at UMass Amherst, and it's one of 15 animals whose genomes have been sequenced by the Vertebrate Genomes Project, whose stated goal is to sequence the genome of all 66,000 vertebrate species in the world.
Sequencing the genome of a particular species of an animal is important in terms of preserving genetic diversity. Future generations don't necessarily have to worry about our memory of the Canadian Lynx warping the way hearsay warped perception a long time ago.
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13th-century fantastical depiction of an elephant.
It is easy to see how one can look at 66,000 genomic sequences stored away as being the analogous equivalent of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It is a potential tool for future conservationists.
But what are the practicalities of sequencing the genome of a lynx beyond engaging with broad bioethical questions? As the animal's habitat shrinks and Earth warms, the Canadian lynx is demonstrating less genetic diversity. Cross-breeding with bobcats in some portions of the lynx's habitat also represents a challenge to the lynx's genetic makeup. The two themselves are also linked: warming climates could drive Canadian lynxes to cross-breed with bobcats.
John Organ, chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's Cooperative Fish and Wildlife units, said to MassLive that the results of the sequencing "can help us look at land conservation strategies to help maintain lynx on the landscape."
What does DNA have to do with land conservation strategies? Consider the fact that the food found in a landscape, the toxins found in a landscape, or the exposure to drugs can have an impact on genetic activity. That potential change can be transmitted down the generative line. If you know exactly how a lynx's DNA is impacted by something, then the environment they occupy can be fine-tuned to meet the needs of the lynx and any other creature that happens to inhabit that particular portion of the earth.
Given that the Trump administration is considering withdrawing protection for the Canadian lynx, a move that caught scientists by surprise, it is worth having as much information on hand as possible for those who have an interest in preserving the health of this creature—all the way down to the building blocks of a lynx's life.
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