Sunday, January 25, 2009

Interviewing in the virtual world

How well you do in an interview can determine whether or not you land a job. It’s easy to get nervous, mostly due to the fact that interrogation isn’t exactly the most normal flow of conversation. But if you’re going to make the transition into the career world, you’ve got to know how to play the interview game.

If you feel like your interviewing skills could use some improvement (and I think we all probably have some room to gain), I found a free tutor for you. As a DePaul student, you have free access to Perfect Interview. Perfect Interview is a new web based software company that makes programs for interactive interviewing.

I created an account to give the program a try. It’s actually pretty cool. Once you log in, you answer a series of questions based on what type of interview you want to take. You can make selections for the number of questions, type of questions, and position you’re interviewing for. You can even record yourself with a webcam through the interface.

When the interview starts, a video starts with an interviewer asking you a question. You then either record in video or type in your reply to the question. If you don’t know how to answer it, you can select a button to view a sample answer or a mini coaching session on how you can approach the question. You can even do a partial interview and save it to come back to the next time you log in.

If you want to create an account, here’s the DePaul login page.

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