9 tips for acing a virtual interview


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Even the job seekers who aren’t looking for a role as a local news anchor may need to practice their video interview skills these days.

A growing number of companies are using virtual interviews — whether live interviews, virtual career fairs or recorded video interviews — to get to know prospective hires.

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An August 2013 survey by Right Management found that 18 percent of candidates have had a video interview in the past year, more than double from only a year prior.

“From an employer’s standpoint, it allows them to broaden their reach into the talent pool,” says Monika Morrow, a senior vice president with Right Management. “They have the opportunity to reach more candidates without the restriction of geography.”

Plus, it allows employers to save money and identify red flags without having to bring the applicant all the way into the office, says Stacy Lindenberg, owner of Talent Seed Consulting in Columbia, South Carolina.

With the click of a button, job hopefuls find themselves face to face with their potential employers in a virtual interview. That can certainly be nerve-racking. Bankrate asked hiring managers and interview experts to share their tips for staring down the barrel of a webcam to get a job.

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