Checklist: Ace Your Next Virtual Interview

It’s easy to get down on virtual interviewing; it’s awkward, it’s unnatural, it’s dehumanizing. It’s difficult to forge a real rapport. It’s not as conducive to casual chit chat. The list goes on. Yet if you really think about it, many of those things are true even of in-person interviews. Awkward and unnatural are just part of the interviewing experience, and virtual interviews are no exception.  Right now people across the country are looking for work. If you’re lucky enough to have an interview lined up, here’s how to prepare for it successfully. We’ve passed on these same tips to people interviewing right now:

1. Choose the right location

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Go Small or Go Home: Life After Public Accounting

Three years in Public Accounting had me seriously considering my options. A few things I knew for sure:
  • I wanted to stay in the finance and accounting realm
  • I wanted to move into industry
  • I didn’t want to sacrifice career progress
I was left asking myself a few key questions - where could I have the most influence? How could I earn access to top leadership? What would give me a deeper purpose? And finally, how could I best leverage the skills and knowledge I developed in Public Accounting (read my article on leaving Public here)? After speaking with a former colleague – then working at Microsoft – the choice between big fish, little pond and big pond, little fish became clear. According to her, huge public companies like Microsoft rarely gave their Accountants a holistic, big-picture view; instead, accountants tackled disparate parts of the business without e...
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The right way to leave public accounting

Every year a new class of graduates convinces themselves that their experience in Public Accounting will be different. Manageable. Maybe exhilarating. Five years ago, I was one of them. Like many, my initial plan was to stay until Manager. But after two years, the sleepless nights, no weekends, and a quickly developing anxiety disorder were catching up with me. That, coupled with the most stressful Busy Season of my life, had me considering my options. I wanted my work to mean something more, and I wanted my ‘off the clock’ time to be…existent. Can you relate? Finding a new job was surprisingly easy. The hard part came after – when I realized how little I actually knew of life outside of Public Accounting. If you’re considering leaving Public, make sure you have all the facts: 1. You need to retrain your brain

Consider this: you have an AP Specialist asking for help in resolving a certain issue –...
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3 Questions That Will Impress Any Interviewer

Once the door closes and the interview starts, it can feel like you hold none of the power. The interviewer chooses the questions, nods mysteriously at your skills assessment, and ultimately decides whether or not you have a future with their company. So what can you control? The questions you choose to ask. Without fail, your interviewer will close by saying, ‘and do you have any questions for me?’ Your response will be the last thing they remember about you. Here’s how to make those questions count.

1. How do you see the person in this role progressing over the next 6 months, 1 year, 2 years?

There are a few reasons we encourage job seekers to ask this question:
  • It tells you exactly what the hiring manager expects of you. If possible, ask this question earlier in the interview and proceed to tailor your responses to highlight the qualities and ...
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3 common misconceptions about consulting

Have you ever heard of dark matter? It’s thought that 85% of the universe is composed of it, but no one has seen it or can prove its existence except through inference. So it exists everywhere, it’s very powerful, and yet it’s invisible to us. That’s kind of how I feel about contract work. As a Technology recruiter for consulting/contract positions, I’m often struck by the enormous amount of misinformation circulating about consulting. Everyone seems to know it’s out there as a possibility, but no one really understands it or interacts with people who do it - even though 1 out of 5 Americans are doing some kind of contract work every year.  And that number is even more impressive in the world of technology. It comes down to a lack of understanding. I've heard people say that contract positions are

1. Without benefits

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Why I spent 10+ years ignoring most recruiters…

If you’re an intelligent person in a remotely desirable field, you’ve probably received your fair share of recruiter messages. You know the ones - they’re usually polite, to the point, and clued into your area of expertise. But for some reason - blame human nature, I guess - they’re irritating. Salesy. Bothersome. When I worked at Deloitte as an auditor, I’d get daily messages pitching one role or another. Without reading them I’d hit delete, or worse yet - just let them sit there unopened. We’ve been programmed to equate recruiter with salesman, and to equate sales with someone not working in our best interests. I’m sure you’ve had the same experience. These messages often feel forced and tiresome, not worthy of your time. Plus, why bother humoring recruiters when you’re happy at your current job? It wasn’t until I landed here at Proven Recruiting eight years ago as the Controller (now Director of Finance and Accounting) that I truly realized the value o...
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Changing careers later in life (from someone who did it)

Unless you’ve made your way to the C-suite, you’re unlikely to find many articles addressing the successes, struggles, and challenges of the older worker. Little is written about us, save for the occasional anti-ageism piece published mostly for public image purposes. So when I decided to leave my career in Real Estate at the age of 45, I was largely without guidance. Of course, I had my family as support and the Internet as a general - if often lacking - resource, but I didn’t have an article like this one. Which is why I’m creating it.

Late-life career changes aren’t doomed to failure

82% of respondents to an American Institute for Economic Research survey reported making a successful transition to a new career after the age of 45. You probably aren’t doing the same job you dreamed of as a kid, or even the same job you did 10-20 years ago. Why stop evolvi...
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Deconstructing the most public interview in the world – Dos and Don’ts

Set aside the war for talent - the war for (apparently multi-lingual!!) soundbites has commenced!  As of last night, ten of the twenty Democratic candidates entered what will be the most scrutinized and drawn-out interview process worldwide. Upwards of sixteen million people watched, commented, and dissected their every word and action - myself included! Except as a recruiter of 20+ years, I watched the debates from a somewhat unique perspective: I watched as someone whose entire business hinges on the success - or failure - of the interview process itself. Somewhere between Warren’s student loan plan and O’Rourke’s climate change initiative, a few things became exceptionally clear; the same issues plaguing the average candidate exert equal influence on the most qualified and well-trained professionals in the land. That being said, these presidential hopefuls do have a lot to teach us. Here’s what went right in yesterday’s debate, and what went surprisingly wrong. ...
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How long should my resume be?

Trying to compress a lengthy resume into a single page is, at this point, a professional rite of passage. We’ve all done it - combined bullet points, removed perfectly valid work experience, and skipped over contextual elements that would otherwise complement our background. But is this minimization of our professional history really necessary? In this day and age when printed resumes are all but dead, does the single page resume still hold power? The short answer is no, it isn’t necessary to cram a lifetime of professional achievements onto an 8x11” piece of paper. That is, unless your professional history has been relatively short. Keep reading for the optimal resume length given your career and aspirations:

What recruiters like to see, according to science.

We’re not the first people to ask this question - in fact, the question has been hotly debated since the invention of the resume, and especially contentious since Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS: ...
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The surprising benefits of workplace nemeses

An office without some level of disaccord is essentially impossible; it seems to be a rule of nature that every Jim has a Dwight. And it’s easy to see that as a negative - especially if your workplace rival has an annoying tendency to roll their eyes or speak over you in meetings. Here’s the thing: a simple mindset shift can help you to not only outshine your competition, but to drastically increase your workplace satisfaction while reducing unnecessary anxiety. Many people talk about the value of workplace friends - few discuss the benefits of workplace enemies. Follow these tips to make the most of your rivals. The basis of workplace competition. Competition at work isn’t just inevitable - it’s actively encouraged. READ MORE

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