09 May 2014
Over the years, the interviewing process has changed to match advances in technology and communication. To save both time and money, an increasing number of companies have started to use video interviewing programs and Skype technology to complete first round interviews and decide which candidates to invite for face-to-face interviews. Keep in mind, although video is a different medium for conducting an interview, it holds the same level of importance as a phone or in-person interview. Here are a number of tips job seekers should be ready to put into practice the next (or first) time you participate in a video interview. 1. Practice, Practice, Practice Internet connection speed, battery power, camera lighting/shading effects, and background noise are just a few problems you can run into during video interviews. Therefore, make sure to set aside time to prepare your camera, its features, and your general surroundings before the interview begins. For example, while you may feel confident when you answer questions, upon reviewing the recording you notice that your tone sounds more serious than excited and the lighting in the room is poor, making it difficult to see you clearly. For such reasons, practicing your responses beforehand and playing them back to yourself or a friend will give you the opportunity to change things that could potentially hurt your chances. 2. Dress to Impress Although a video interview may seem more casual than traditional interviews, it’s important to note that first impressions are everything. Therefore, you should dress the same as you would if you were having a face-to-face interview (from head to toe)! After all, you never know if your interviewer may ask you to adjust your camera for a better view; the last thing you want to reveal is your pajama pants! 3. Be Prepared Make it a point to not only provide your interviewer(s) with a copy of your cover letter and/or resume before the interview, but also review the company’s website beforehand to get background on the company. In addition, if you can multi-task, have a “cheat sheet” with any relevant talking points or questions you’ve prepared off camera that you can quickly glance at. 4. Verbal and Nonverbal Communication Since you don’t have the benefit of sitting in the same room, the video interview may seem a bit awkward, making it more difficult to pick up on verbal and non-verbal ques. However, don’t let this stop you from being conscience of your body language. For example, eye contact is important; instead of staring at the computer monitor or video screen when asking a question, look directly into the camera lens to illicit eye contact between you and the interviewer. Other areas such as physical gestures, posture, eye movement, and voice intonations, if done effectively, can have a positive impact on how you are perceived by your interviewer.
09 May 2014
The Execu|Search Group is proud to announce that Barbara Tamberlane, Managing Director of Physician Recruitment, was honored with the President’s Award from the National Association of Physician Recruiters (NAPR). She received the award, which is one of the organization’s highest honors, at their 30th Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The President’s Award recognizes Barbara’s, “unselfish devotion and exemplary performance in attaining the goals and objectives of the Association.” This includes maintaining industry leadership by promoting excellence, ethical standards, and a spirit of cooperation in the delivery of services to the health services industry. To ensure the NAPR can uphold these initiatives, they abide to a strict code of ethics that is “based upon excellence, honesty, fairness, peer review and reasonable industry standards.” “As an organization that represents the NAPR, The Execu|Search Group takes this code of ethics seriously,” explains Barbara. “Our physician recruitment team promotes industry education and best practices to all those we work with, including clients and candidates, and ensures we abide to the mission of NAPR in all of our recruitment efforts.” Barbara has served as a committee member of NAPR Services since 2011, focusing her efforts on improving the quality of the Physician Candidate Sourcing Program. Due to her commitment and service to the organization, in March of 2013, Barbara was elected by the membership of NAPR to serve as a member of the NAPR Board of Directors through 2016.