How to Ace your Video Job Interview

Category : CAREER

 

5 Ways to Prepare for a Video Job Interview

The Human Resources function has taken on increasingly critical responsibilities and continues to develop methods to save time and resources. Because of this, videoconference job interviews are becoming a common practice for first round interviews. Here are some helpful tips in acing your upcoming video job interviews

1. Make sure you’re prepared.

Interviewing via video conferencing does not mean you shouldn’t take it seriously. Treat it as if you were interviewing in person. Study up on the company and position, have questions prepared, and most importantly…dress for success! You may be at home, but this is not just a phone call so make sure you’re cleaned up and wearing professional attire.

2. Test your equipment.

There are three main components to test before your interview:

  • Audio Settings – Do your speakers and microphone (do you even know if you have a one?) work? Make sure you are coming across clear and loud with no static.
  • Camera Settings – Is it too dark? Too light? Too distracting in the background? It’s best to sit in front of solid colored wall with plenty of light. This way, the interviewer will focus on you and not the wallpaper behind you
  • Internet Connection – This is often overlooked, but it may be wise to ensure you’re plugged in with an Ethernet cable for a hard connection. Video conferencing may take up a lot of bandwidth and a spotty WiFi connection may cause an overly lagged session.

3. Don’t forget about the microphone.

After you’ve checked your audio beforehand, make sure you face the microphone and speak loudly when answer the interviewers questions. You want to come across as professional and confident, not as someone who people have a hard time understanding.

4. Make eye contact.

The goal is to treat this as if it were an in person interview, so eye contact is imperative. It may feel awkward, but don’t be afraid to look into the camera when answer or asking questions, Putting the interviewers video screen directly underneath your camera is a great way to minimize your eyes darting across the screen.

5. Pay Attention.

You wouldn’t go into an in person interview with your phone on or TV/radio playing in the background, so why do it now? Give 100% of your attention to the interviewer and don’t allow yourself to be distracted by any outside influences.

 

 

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Marni and Versace at H&M? Missoni at Target? Haute Couture and Discounters Walk Down the Aisle

Category : Fashion Headlines

Shoppers are seeing more bargain-luxury combos these days as elite fashion designers increasingly go mass market.

From London to Italy to New York and LA the brands signing on nowadays are coming from an elite class of couture houses. Most of them until recently had kept tight control over their labels, releasing a small number of items only to their own boutiques and the most exclusive of department stores. Today, however, the bottom line has become the bottom line. Top designers need the masses. At a time when signals of economic distress abound, consumers are responding to the partnerships, turning the hype into huge sales. Target’s launch of  its exclusive Missoni line, for instance, led to Black Friday-type crowds and crashed the company’s website. Nearly all the merchandise, priced from $3 to $600, sold out in days, to the frustration of many shoppers.

The latest collaborator to re-interpret its brand’s DNA at high-street friendly prices is Italian label Marni – famed for left of center shapes, quirky accessories and strong use of clashing color and print. The enthusiasts at the head of the queue were soon eagerly loading up with armfuls of clothes, moving quickly to make the most of their allocated 10 minutes in the roped-off shopping pen.

After eight years of designer ranges, H&M now operates like a well-oiled machine. Gone are the days of a crowd of frenzied shoppers being unleashed upon the entire store and ransacking the shelves. Instead H&M has turned fashion collaboration as a retail concept into a series of high-profile shopping events.

There have been celebrity blockbusters, such as David Beckham’s underwear range, which went on sale last month, and fashion blockbusters – such as Versace, which caused a furor last year when Donatella Versace met fans on a pink carpet at Regent Street.

Marni, meanwhile, ticks the box marked: niche-fashion-label-with-insider-clout. This is a formula that guarantees hype and interest across the fashion board.

Kaz Yau, 30, started queuing at 6.30am and has been going to the H&M collaboration openings since the Stella McCartney hook-up in 2005. She said they have become events in themselves now, and the queuing starts earlier.

Not everyone had a totally happy H&M Marni experience though. A laden-down customer, one of the first batch of 20 shoppers who had had their 10 minutes, was stopped at the exit and told she could only buy one of each item. Looking tearful, she duly put some purchases back.

A spokesman for H&M, however, was quick to point out that this is a 70 piece collection, so there is plenty to choose from, and it would not be fair to other customers if no limit was imposed. This is also clearly a strategy to reduce the number of shoppers buying items to sell online at inflated prices.

Consuelo Castiglioni, Marni’s creative director and founder, based the H&M collection on the brand’s archive. “I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favorite pieces in signature fabrics and prints,” she said.

Items initially selling well were the large circular printed skirts and jackets, the signature plastic jewellery, wooden-heeled sandals and a printed pajama set.

This collection is selling online and at 250 stores worldwide. H&M has also previously collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld, Comme des Garçons, Jimmy Choo, Lanvin and Matthew Williamson.

 

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Spring Forward with a New Tote Bag for Work

Category : SHOP STYLE

When it comes to work, there are a few basic things that every woman needs – a phone, a computer and a great tote bag (or two).

 

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Tory Burch Mae Leather & Suede Tote Bag
An exquisite tote bag that you can use season after season. It comes with a long shoulder strap t

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J. Crew Tote Bags
I always love their super functional bags with their simple, functional design

 

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MICHAEL – Michael Kors Large Hamilton Ostrich Tote
This large Michael Kors tote bag is super chic and will have you looking like a million bucks in the board room.

 

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Kate Spade
Believe it or not, Kate Spade diaper bags are also great bags for hauling things back and forth from the office. I have a few and they all work just as well for my laptop and paperwork as they do for diapers and wipes. Of course Kate Spade has other great work bags too, I have just found the diaper bags to be extra durable.

 

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Jane Marvel
Jane Marvel patterns are phenomenal. She has lots of great work bags in all shapes, sizes and colors. You can even get a travel bag or two to match.

 

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L.A.M.B. Stripe Cheyenne Tote
I am a huge huge huge Gwen Stefani fan so of course I love her L.A.M.B. line. This work tote will keep you fashion forward in the office.

 

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Tumi Voyageur Quintessential Tote
If you travel a lot, Tumi may be the right choice for you. I carried a Tumi tote for quite awhile and I liked how I could easily cary my laptop, my phones (work & personal), wallet, eyeglass cases and other loot all in one bag. Tumi has a great selection of work and travel bags that are all very well made. This tote is available in pink, orange, navy and smokey quartz.

 

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eBags Savvy Laptop Tote

This practical comes in lots of cute colors (shown here in chili and you have to see it in eggplant) and it’s only $40! Sometimes you want a bag that is a little less expensive and just sort of fun. I found that eBags has a good selection of well priced bags in all sorts of styles to suit just about anyone.

 

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Prada Saffiano Lux Tote Bag
A fabulous classic tote bag is perfect for every day. I want one!

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Kailo Women’s Pleated Laptop Bag
I love this fun print. This tote bag comes in other 3 patterns too and it’s less than $65.

 

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MICHAEL Micahel Kors Large Hamilton Work Tote for Women
This super practical leather tote bag is available in black, white and tan. Read More