Webcam improves interview skills
Aug 20: Employers told Susan Story her students needed to work on their interview
She found her answer with InterviewStream, a computer-based program that
simulates an interview with the help of a webcam.
"This was a way for us to do the videotaping in a much more advanced way,"
said Story, the director of Virginia Commonwealth University's Career
The school started using the program about two years ago.
"We're buying right into the technology of this generation, and it serves a
purpose. We have had people say they've gotten their job offer because of the
practice they had over here," she said.
VCU students sit in front of the InterviewStream computer and camera and then
respond to questions. The computer records the interview so students can e-mail
it to themselves or to professors to evaluate.
Recording mock interviews allows people to analyze their own body language --
something they typically wouldn't notice in an interview setting, said Susan
Sharp, a Richmond-area résumé writer.
"The most important part of the interview is the nonverbal aspect," Sharp
said. "Certainly your skill set is critical, but everything comes down to the
relationship you build [with the interviewer] and the nonverbal cues you
InterviewStream has been used by colleges and universities, but the
Pennsylvania-based company that owns it recently began targeting businesses.
Since June, employers nationwide have been able to use a program called
InterviewScreen online. The program lets employers view job candidates' video
responses to specific questions.
About 30 employers are registered with InterviewScreen, but none are from