Interview Strategies for Security Professionals: Virtual Edition
Interviews have long been sources of angst for job seekers. The pandemic caused many organizations to move almost exclusively into virtually screening candidates and that adds even more stress to the process. Candidates now need to prepare for their 15 minutes of (on screen) fame in addition to a possible in person interview.
Video conferencing can now be achieved with manageable investment by both organizations and candidates. Its utilization and functionality as an alternative to in-person workplaces seemingly changed overnight. However long before the pandemic-driven lock downs, travel restrictions and work from home mandates, organizations and search firms utilized video interviews as a step in their recruitment process. It was viewed as an efficient way to assess candidates prior to investing in the time and costs related to hosting multiple on-site interviews.
One of the first systems was introduced in 1968 by AT&T and followed by Polycom in the late 1990’s. Equipment and hourly utilization costs were expensive, but less prohibitive than flying people in from around the world. Fast forward to the explosion of high-speed internet access and all the enabled services that have helped us connect throughout the pandemic. The reality is that many companies will never go back to the expensive conventional interview cycle given how accessible virtual interviews have become.
These systems and services are not without their quirks. Just like in-person interviews there can be unpredictable outcomes. However, with some advance planning you can ensure your interviewing skills are on full display despite you being on a small screen.
Much has been written over the past months that make you believe you need to upscale your location or studio setting, lighting and technology as though you are producing a television show. While you do not need to invest in the highest-end equipment, you should have a good quality camera, microphone, speaker, etc., that you know how to use. Be aware of what is in the background and what that could possibly convey to a hiring manger. Most important, make sure you load and fully test the software the hiring company will be using to interview you.
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