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Five Tips for Mastering the Virtual Interview

If you land an interview right now, it will most likely take place using Zoom or another video conferencing app. And let’s be honest, we might be doing virtual interviews for the foreseeable future! If you haven’t used Zoom, it is fairly straightforward. The employer will do the work of setting up the meeting information, so all you need to do is make sure you are comfortable with the technology. Here are some tips from PS&R to help perfect your Zoom interviews.

  1. Know what you’re doing. Get the app set up on your device well ahead of time. Practice with a friend or relative to ensure there are no audio or other issues. Make sure your profile name is your first and last name. If you have other people in the household who also use the app, they could have changed the profile name to just about anything. You want the interviewer to see your name while you are speaking to one another.
  2. Find the right setting. You will need a quiet and private place to take the interview. For people with a busy household, this could mean that a laundry room or walk-in closet are the only viable options. These spaces could be messy or potentially distracting to your interviewer. Thankfully, Zoom offers virtual backgrounds. If you can’t interview in a space that is appropriate, test out a few backgrounds ahead of time and choose a simple one that you like the best.
  3. Dress appropriately. Pick out clothing that you would wear to an in-person interview, and make sure it’s pressed and stain-free. Just because you are not face-to-face doesn’t mean these details will go unnoticed.
  4. Be mindful of your speech and body language. Video conferencing apps tend to be glitchy, even with the best internet connection. Using a slow and steady pace when you speak will help avoid any misunderstandings and will show that you are calm and confident. The interviewer will be watching you the entire time, so it’s important to remain professional and not inadvertently react to an incoming text message or a child calling from another room.
  5. Prepare ahead of time. Just like any other interview, you should have answers ready for the most common questions. Also write down any questions you might have and keep them handy. If you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. As we mentioned before, the Zoom app isn’t perfect and it can sometimes freeze for a second or two, so if you aren’t sure what was communicated be sure to get confirmation.

It’s likely that even when things do return to “normal”, virtual interviews will be used more frequently. There’s no better time than now to use these tips to become a pro!

PS&R’s experienced executive recruiting team is here for you during your job search, or if you are the one doing the hiring. Feel free to contact us at 617.723.1919.

Making the Most of your Temporary Assignment

In our last blog post, we talked about one of our temporary employees who turned her assignment into the perfect permanent position. If you are currently in a temporary role that you’d like to make long term, here are some tips for putting your best foot forward:

Stay positive. A lot of people in your shoes will feed into the negative stigma of being a “temp”. But think about it this way; your current situation is basically paid training. You’re learning new skills, networking with potential employers, and building your resume. Keep that in mind and stay positive about your work. This will definitely help you stand out from the crowd.

Get noticed. Having a good attitude will help you stand out, but there are more ways to make an impression. In order to get offered that full-time, permanent position you will need to be recommended by your manager or supervisor. Take the time to build a good rapport with him or her. If that person is expecting your tenure to be temporary, they might not take the initiative to get to know you, so it’s really up to you to make that connection. You should also get acquainted with your co-workers and gain an understanding of what they do. They might even have pointers and suggestions that could help you succeed.

Really show up. The best way to make your temporary position a permanent one?  Treat it as if it already is. Arrive early, be the one willing to lend a hand when needed, and be open to learning new things. Going the extra mile will show your manager that you are serious about the job.

Contact PS&R to learn about our temporary and permanent job openings. Or visit our job listings at www.psandr.com/job-listings.

Temp Success Story

There are a lot of advantages to taking a temporary position that many job seekers don’t consider.  If you have been on the job search for an extended period of time, a temp position could be a great option for you.  A temp job can allow you to broaden your skills while still earning and still continuing your career search.

Another thing to keep in mind is that “temporary” doesn’t always have to mean short term.  A lot of companies will hire a temp for a position that could become permanent for the right person. PS&R recently placed an applicant into a temporary role that turned into an ideal permanent work home for her.  Here is her story:

Last summer, Kelly had just finished graduate school and realized that she wasn’t sure where she wanted her career path to go.  After some online searching, she stumbled on Preferred Staffing & Recruiting, and knew right away that it was a good fit.  Kelly said, “PS&R helped me revamp my resume and got me on the right track.”  She hadn’t necessarily been looking for a temporary job, but within a week of coming to us Kelly was offered a temporary Administrative & Sales position at a medical device company.  As it turns out, this was a great fit for her. According to Kelly, “it was a good way to ease into my first official job”. Less than five months into her temporary role, she was offered a raise and a permanent salaried position.  Kelly is a great reminder to keep an open mind about temporary opportunities!

If you are searching for a job, whether temporary or direct, let PS&R help you with your search.  Contact Kathy Orcutt at 617.723.1919 or visit our website at www.psandr.com.

Temporary Work: 10 Tips for Success

Employers and job seekers looking for flexible solutions find temporary work to be an excellent option. While there’s no guarantee that a temporary job will turn into a permanent position, the potential is certainly there as more employers realize that hiring a temp allows them to try out a new employee before making a commitment.

What’s the best way to succeed as a temp? Follow these 10 tips:

  1. Fit in quickly, be easy to get along with and put others at ease.
  2. Show initiative and enthusiasm for learning new procedures and skills.
  3. Bring the three R’s to every assignment: respect, reliability and resourcefulness.
  4. Note and become mindful of your supervisor’s preferences, habits and routines.
  5. When others say, “that’s not my job” or “I don’t do that,” step up and say, Yes!
  6. Love meeting new people and show it – in person and over the phone.
  7. Always introduce yourself by name and not as “the temp.”
  8. Stay inspired by keeping a personal list of accomplishments.
  9. Excel at embracing change and appreciating variety.
  10. Treat every assignment like gold.

Hired by Pamela Getz

Temporary Work: The Option Is Yours

More employers and job seekers looking for flexible solutions are finding temporary work to be an excellent option. Working as a temp offers opportunities to stay productive and keep earning “in between” jobs. And it’s ideal for those who want the flexibility to work part- or full-time in a variety of settings.

While there’s no guarantee that a temporary job will turn into a permanent position, the potential is certainly there as more employers realize that hiring a temp allows them to try out a new employee before making a commitment.

For example, a company manager who was unable to find his ideal candidate decided to hire a temp for help with a new product launch. After the temp turned in several weeks of strong performance, he realized that she was actually the person he’d been searching for. Eager to create a full-time, permanent position if the right candidate ever came along, the manager made an offer and the temp accepted – a win-win for both.

What’s the best way to succeed as a temp? Check back for 10 tips for success.

Hired by Pamela Getz