Looking for a job? You may need to brush up on your on-camera skills. In 2011, it's estimated a full 42% of first-round interviews will take place virtually over webcam.
Companies from Rio Tinto to Starwood Hotels are using the video format to interview job candidates from entry-level to the top ranks. Two-way interviews take place in real time with both the candidate and interviewer present, while one-way interviews require candidates to respond to pre-set questions without a live person on the other side.
从力拓矿业集团(Rio Tinto)到Starwood Hotels这样的公司都在用视频的形式来面试人才，不管是初级岗位还是高级经理。视频面试无疑好过电话面试，可以看到双方的表情、动作和神态。
Video interviews cut down on costs and save time for companies, but they can also cause job candidates no end of uncomfortable moments.
Sean Beaver, recruitment manager for Kiewit Power, a services provider to the power industry in Lenaxa, Kan., who uses one-way interviews to vet candidates for construction management and engineering positions, has seen his share of hiccups caught on tape. In one interview, a cat jumped up and walked across the screen, says Mr. Beaver. In another, a candidate's wife appeared behind him with a laundry basket, asking who her husband was talking to.
Cody Horton, formerly Wal-Mart's director of college and diversity recruiting, explains: "I've found people who've grown up using webcams and Skype are very comfortable with this." He says as long as you explain the set-up ahead of time, candidates can excel.
Mr. Beaver says around 1% of candidates call him afterwards saying they found the video interview awkward. But he and many other talent managers contend that the one-way video format actually gives job seekers a chance to shine.
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