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Tips to Help You Prepare for a Successful Online Interview

Congratulations! If an employer has asked to interview you from home online, don’t feel like this isn’t a ‘real’ interview. It is! Interviewing online is a mainstream event. It’s an easy and effective way for employers virtually meet candidates.

It’s an easy process for you, too. You won’t have to worry about traveling to an in-office interview, or have to pay for parking. In fact, if you do some advance preparation, interviewing online can be less stressful than interviewing in-person.

Online Job Interviews 

Rather than having you travel to an office, many interviewers will simply conduct the interview remotely, via a computer. The most common applications used for is Skype, GoToMeeting, Jobvite, Spark Hire, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts.

Find the Best Location

The best place for your interview location is in a room where you will not be disturbed or distracted. You’ll want to keep your pets away, and make sure there’s no additional noise that can be heard, such as barking. Turn your phone off– or at least remember to turn the sound off.

Use diffused lighting so as not to create shadows or glare, and a plain wall as your backdrop. You want to make sure your face is clearly visible and presented in the best possible way. For example, it would be distracting for an interviewer to be able to see a working television in the background, even if you had the sound turned off.

Testing 1, 2, 3

At least one hour before your scheduled time, make sure to test your internet connection. Test your camera. Test your lighting. Test your sound. Test the video program such as Skype beforehand. You may need to download the program onto your computer. After it is downloaded, make sure you understand how it all works, and that you have your log-in and passwords available and working.

Prepare for Your Upcoming Interview Questions

Have an elevator pitch about yourself. Be ready to talk about your resume, your studies and strengths.

You should make sure that you have completed some background information about the company that is interviewing you. Check out their recent news, organizational practices and what other people are saying online.

Get ready to have answers to typical interview questions. Here are a few examples:

  • Can you tell me a little about yourself?
  • What do you know about the company?
  • Why are you interested in this job?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What do you consider your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do you think are your greatest achievement?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What’s your dream job?
  • Tell me about a challenge and how you dealt with it.

You may want to role-play these with a friend, so you have your answers already thought out. Speak in a conversational voice, just as you would in an in-person meeting. Sit up straight and don’t slouch. Remember to make eye contact and smile. Feel free to  use hand gestures to make your point.

Remember this is the chance for you to have an interactive experience, and find out more details about the job. That’s why you should have completed research about the company prior to your interview. Have a few questions ready to ask the interviewer. Here are some good sample ideas.

The Day of the Interview

Are you excited? Chances are that you’re nervous. It’s only natural. That’s why practicing your interview questions, getting your computer set-up and researching the company is so important.  Completing these steps will make you feel and appear more confident.

Final Preparation Tips

  • Remember to dress to make a good impression, as if you were having your interview in person. This makes your look professional and will also make you feel more professional.
  • Have a piece of paper and pen ready to take notes.
  • Have a copy of your resume in sight, in case you have to refer to dates.
  • Have your list of interview questions and any research next to you.
  • Clear your workspace and any clutter behind you so it doesn’t show up on the screen.
  • Turn off your phone.

Showtime

Make sure to ask the interviewer if he or she can hear you clearly when starting your meeting. It’s always good to check that your online connection is strong and you are clearly visible and audible.

Remember to listen to the interviewer before you answer, so you are answering the full question. You don’t want to be rude and interrupt.

When responding to questions from the interviewer, take a second before responding, in case the online connection is weak at that moment. Answer clearly.

Lastly…try to remember to smile and make solid eye contact.

 


NewSpace 2016 Conference

Were you at the NewSpace 2016 Conference recently in Seattle?

CTS International attended it, and left the conference very excited about the innovation and technology surrounding space exploration, and the related business opportunities.

The greater Seattle area is rapidly becoming a hub to the new space industry. Companies in the area include Spaceflight Industries, Blue Origin, Vulcan Aerospace, Planetary Resources, and Aerojet Rocketdyne. We expect many more to join the list over the next 18-24 months.

Companies in various stages of growth, ranging from startup through Series A, B, and C financed companies to self-sustaining enterprises have become attractive to investors.

As the industry evolves, we expect technology and the skills needed to implement new ideas to constantly evolve, too. Right now the space industry is booming with job opportunities. Young engineers as well as seasoned professionals in demand. Beyond engineering, there are opportunities in computer science, business development, investment, finance and more.

If you are looking to power your company’s capabilities, contact us. We’re here to help you prepare for future hiring needs now.

 

April 14, 2010

CTS International to Bring Jobs to Charleston

New Office Opens in Charleston to Meet Aerospace Hiring Needs

Charleston, S.C., April 14—CTS International, a recruiting company supporting commercial programs such as the Boeing 747, 777, and 787 in the Seattle area, has announced the opening of a new office in Charleston. CTS plans to hire hundreds of employees in support of Boeing’s efforts in Charleston, as the low country becomes the new home for a 787 Dreamliner assembly plant.

“There will be an explosion of jobs and opportunities in the Charleston area because of the 787 program,” said CTS President Steve Dworkin.

CTS is already ramping up recruiting efforts for positions in engineering, maintenance, assembly, and scheduling, and sees an opportunity to help grow the local economy. “We are honored and excited to be involved in supporting growth in Charleston,” Dworkin said. CTS’s Charleston office will also support job growth in the healthcare, defense, telecommunications, and IT markets.

An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 22 from 4-7 PM. The Charleston office is located at 4130 Faber Place Dr, Suite 101, North Charleston, SC 29405. For more information, please contact Sarah Gilden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

ABOUT CTS

For more than 25 years, CTS International has made finding and filling highly technical jobs easy with a streamlined recruitment process, superior services, and international expertise. CTS works with customers from specialized industries to identify business and personnel needs and to provide solutions that drive success.

Contact: Sarah Gilden

Employee Relations Coordinator

(803) 374-6192

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June 29, 2010

CTS Adds Talent Coordination Teams to Transform Recruiting Efforts

Bellevue, Wash., June 29, 2010 -- CTS International has announced the addition of talent coordination teams to its Seattle and Charleston offices. The move comes in response to a turnaround in hiring opportunities across the United States and represents a major shift in the landscape of today’s labor market.

While traditional recruiters continue to play an important role in helping companies fill open positions, there is a clear need to expand the definition of recruiting to meet the realities of a more independent, more flexible, and more mobile workforce.

“Job seekers today recognize the need to develop their careers with a long-term vision of where they are going and they are using social networks to help get them there,” said CTS President Steve Dworkin. “Their professional community goes beyond the job role and, in fact, across companies and even geographic boundaries. Personal connections are critical, and this is where talent community coordinators really come into play.”

With dedicated teams already serving the aerospace, healthcare, defense, and IT communities, CTS is rapidly expanding its focus to encompass every industry in which companies need highly skilled individuals on short notice to work on strategic projects.

“We are assembling a mobile workforce by matching top talent with the best job opportunities, anywhere in the world,” Dworkin said. “We are revolutionizing the way people think about recruiting.”

ABOUT CTS

For more than 25 years, CTS International has made finding and filling highly technical jobs easy with a streamlined recruitment process, superior services, and international expertise. CTS works with customers from specialized industries to identify business and personnel needs and to provide solutions that drive success.

Contact: Paul Sogge

Director of Marketing

(425) 451-0051

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April 7, 2011

CTS International to Support the Charleston Air Expo

Charleston, S.C., April 7, 2011 -- Aerospace enthusiasts are invited to join CTS International at the Joint Base Charleston Air Expo on Saturday, April 9. This year’s event features high-speed aerial performances by the US Air Force Thunderbirds, the US Army Special Ops Black Daggers Jump Team, and demonstrations of both vintage and modern military aircraft. Closer to earth, attendees will have a chance to see military ground vehicles, US Coast Guard vessels, and a full range of fixed and rotary wing aircraft on display.

“CTS International is proud to be a sponsor of the air show and we are excited to meet a community of people who are just as passionate about aerospace as we are,” said CTS Employee Relations Coordinator Sarah Gilden.

The CTS team will be on hand at the event to answer questions about local and national job opportunities. The air expo at the Joint Base Charleston is a free event open to all ages. Gates open at 8 AM, with performances starting at 10 AM.

ABOUT CTS

For more than 25 years, CTS International has made finding and filling highly technical jobs easy with a streamlined recruitment process, superior services, and international expertise. CTS works with customers from specialized industries to identify business and personnel needs and to provide solutions that drive success.

Contact: Sarah Gilden

Employee Relations Coordinator

843.300.4037

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