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Hiring Hoosiers: Preparing for virtual job interviews

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Posted at 12:07 AM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 00:07:11-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The novel coronavirus has changed just about everything we do, making remote conversations the new normal whether for school or work. But, what about landing that next job?

"People are preparing for either their next big role or they may feel like whatever is going on with their employer they may need to shift or pivot," Shayla Pinner, said.

Pinner is the director of marketing and development at Dress for Success Indianapolis, an organization that prepares women for job interviews. She said virtual interviews are here to stay.

"That is the norm. We actually think it's going to carry on past this current time," Pinner said. "We think employers will stick with virtual interviews instead of bringing someone in."

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Pinner said like an in-person interview there are several things to consider before a virtual interview, including how you dress and what your surroundings look like behind you. Make sure the room is free of distractions, is well-lit and is quiet.

Pinner said other tips, like how to set up Zoom calls, building a resume and how you should dress are all lessons the Dress for Success Indy team will be sharing during their weekly free virtual 'Workshop Wednesday.' Pinner said now is the perfect time to prepare for something new.

"I think folks are really just trying to prepare and if you're at home right now what else better can you do that prepare for whatever that next big move is," Pinner said.