Re: Skype interviewing

Subject: Re: Skype interviewing
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:01:26 -0800

Ha-*rumpf!* ;<)

On Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 12:56 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin <
Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:

> </rant off> is redundant.
> Should just be <rant> and </rant>
> If you weren't so freakin' ancient, you'd remember that!
> (Sez the guy who turns sixty in about two months. ) :-D
> That emoticon just feels insufficient for a BSEG, don't you find?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+kevin -dot- mclauchlan=safenet-inc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com[mailto:
> techwr-l-bounces+kevin -dot- mclauchlan=safenet-inc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> Behalf Of Chris Morton
> Sent: January-13-14 3:48 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Skype interviewing
> I started such a thread almost a year ago when faced with a video
> interview as a job applicant. I passed through all of the hoops in F2F
> meetings with the local company reps, including the VP. But when it came to
> the video interview with a key developer in Ottawa, my hopes were dashed.
> I had "set the stage" as best I could and went through a trial with a
> family member, but was using an older Logitech camera that didn't help. The
> other problem was that the Ottawa interviewer did all of the talking-the
> first sign that the interview was doomed. (The adage is that a decision is
> reached within... what?...thirty seconds?) I'm sure the quasi-fisheye
> distortion from my camera didn't help, nor did its angle from atop my
> monitor. (I have since purchased a better, newer Logitech that mounts to a
> tripod and provides a superior image.)
> After I posted to this forum about my experience, one respondent wrote
> that she would never agree to a video interview. After considering her
> post, I have to agree. If I were applying for a position where appearance
> is part of the job, such as a TV anchor or some such, then a video
> interview would make sense. But as a tech writer, a telephone interview (in
> lieu of F2F) should be sufficient; if it isn't, then maybe that's not a job
> one really wants.
> For the same reason, I held out posting a photo on my LinkedIn profile for
> many years before finally caving in last year. What I look like-graying,
> thinning hair 'n all-shouldn't have anything to do with whether or not I'm
> qualified and, in fact, runs counter to EOE laws, IMO.
> </rant off>
> Chris
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