videoconferencing interview - technical questions

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    videoconferencing interview - technical questions

    I have been speaking with an Australian company and they have expressed that they would like to perform a video interview after the next (second) telephone interview.

    I'm hoping they could use Skype, in which case I could certainly manage to get everything set up on my end.

    In case they have a fancy videoconferencing setup in their office, what are my options for finding a shop or office that will allow me to use their videoconference setup for one morning. I don't know what technologies exist, nor how it all works, and I dare not try to inquire about my current company's board room, for obvious reasons. Any ideas?

    I will have to check with them tomorrow to see what technology they use, but I wanted to be prepared to let them know what my options are here in hk.

    Thanks.


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    quite likely that they have an office where they will ask you to go to to have the video conference.


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    Agreed - this isn't your problem. They will either have an office here or will rent a videoconference facility from someone like Regus for the required time. Don't worry about it - they won't be expecting you to arrange conferencing facilities.

    No reputable company would regard skype as sufficient quality for anything as important as a job interview.


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    thanks for the reply guys.

    i'm sure they wouldn't have a problem making the arrangements, but they certainly don't have an office in HK. I think it will be proactive of me to give some suggestions, and Regus sounds like just the thing I might want to suggest. Any other similar facilities in HK that I might be able to point them towards?


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    Quote Originally Posted by PDLM:
    No reputable company would regard skype as sufficient quality for anything as important as a job interview.
    Ditto Agree as many companies regard skype as a security risk.

    Quote Originally Posted by spaceman:
    thanks for the reply guys.
    i'm sure they wouldn't have a problem making the arrangements, but they certainly don't have an office in HK. I think it will be proactive of me to give some suggestions, and Regus sounds like just the thing I might want to suggest. Any other similar facilities in HK that I might be able to point them towards?
    spaceman, Great that you are a proactive type of person but in all honesty this is the company's issue not yours. Being too proactive or "helpful" can be seen also as too "accomodating" all are traits that can either work for you or against you in an interview situation.

    There is also a risk that such an approach can also mean that you are too eager, desperate for a job or what some like to refer to as "an employment refugee" which in turn if the company makes you an offer can lower/deminsh your value of the company in fact makes an offer.

    Information on such services are easily accessable via the internet and by simply typing "video conferencing + Hong Kong" into the search engine. Let the company figure out the interview logistics as their are already paying people on staff to figure it out.

    Simply, spend your time preparing for the interview. Such as doing practice interviews with a video camera so you can get familiar with controlling your body language and expressions. This will also give you a chance to be prepared for how the transmission delay may affect how comfortable you are and how you communicate verbally and physically with your interviewer(s).
    Last edited by Alby; 26-06-2007 at 01:02 AM.

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    not sure if i completely agree with you, Alby, as it seems like a fairly adversarial approach to interview. i suppose it depends on the individual circumstances, in mine we had already had a few phone interviews.

    in any case, they've made an offer already so nobody has to worry about it.


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    spaceman : congrats.


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    Quote Originally Posted by spaceman:
    video interview after the next (second) telephone interview.
    spaceman -

    your posting stated "interview" which I understood as the company is still in the selection process for fulfilling the position and that there is not an offer on the table in writing.

    Congrats on your offer! - hope all works out for you!

    Lived and worked in Australia for a number of years - it is a beautiful place!