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Video Interview Tips: How to Ace Your Online Job Interview

video interview tips for an online job interviewIn today’s world, video interviews are happening more and more often — at least 60 percent of employers use them for online job interviews! — and we haven’t talked about how to put your best self forward during a Skype interview in far too long. We asked Rebecca Berfanger, a journalist, adjunct journalism professor, and recent law school grad practicing law in Indiana, to take a look at the best tips and tricks for online job interviews. Welcome to Corporette®, Rebecca! – Kat

By now we’ve all seen the hilarious BBC interview where not one, but two children and their mom make an unscheduled appearance in the background, also giving away that the subject is not only in his home, but likely in a bedroom and not in a fancy office. To the dad/expert’s credit, he managed to keep a straight face and continue as if there wasn’t chaos unfolding behind him. After the video went viral, he went on to do interviews with his family and, once again, his children stole the show.

While that’s an extreme example of what can happen during a live broadcast, not to mention countless YouTube videos of cats walking across news desks and strangers, even former presidents, photo bombing on-camera interviews, there are a few lessons to be learned for anyone preparing for an online job interview.

1. Find a quiet space, preferably with a door that can be closed, latched, and ideally locked. To ensure quiet, tell anyone else in your home (roommates, spouses, parents, children, pets, etc.) that they are not to interrupt you for at least xx minutes or put a sign on the door. You might also ask them to turn off their ringers and, if they happen to get any phone calls while you are all in the same apartment, house, condo, etc., that they kindly take their calls outside.

2. Make sure you have a neutral background behind you. Try to avoid busy prints or anything that will take the attention away from you or might give away something about you that you might not want a potential employer to see just yet. For instance, you might not want them to know you have a framed Neil Diamond poster (not judging). The best option is a plain white wall or a window with a white or neutral colored curtain.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Varsity Revelry Blazer

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’d never heard of the brand Laveer, but apparently it was founded by the former fashion director at Shopbop, “inspired by her quest to find pieces with impeccable tailoring.” I love the sort of varsity look to this one, and it’s definitely a bit on the casual side, but it’s a really fun look if you can wear this kind of thing at your office. It’s hand wash or dry clean and is available in sizes 2-10 for $498. Varsity Revelry Blazer

Two more affordable options and here and here.

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Weekend Open Thread

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There are a million sandals out there with a kind of schlubby look, or a glam, disco-diva look on the other end, but if you just want a slight heel to wear with shorts for a put-together weekend look, I think this is your perfect shoe. It’s flattering, it’s secure because of the multiple straps, it’s comfortable because it’s from Sofft, it has a lot of colorways, and it’s got 211 reviews at Zappos with a 4/5 rating. It looks a great shoe for everyday weekend style, and it comes in sizes 6-11 in medium and wide widths. It’s $89.95 at Zappos and is also available at Amazon and NordstromSofft Innis Sandal

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Weekly News Update

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  • Lifehacker suggests several comfy-yet-office-appropriate styles, including this green suit from Zara.
  • Business Insider shares how a work uniform can streamline your routine.
  • U.S. News reports on pharmacists’ “Top Recommended Health Products” from allergy relief to topical antibiotics.
  • Huffington Post shares Chelsea Clinton’s response to comments about her favorite pair of scuffed-up pumps.
  • The New York Post reports that Neiman Marcus has taken itself off of the auction block.
  • Politico investigates why the United States “has flatlined when it comes to electing women.”
  • The Pool recounts a public relations trailblazer’s response to all-male panel at PR conference: “we don’t need to speak up, we need to be heard.”
  • New York magazine’s The Cut shares quotes from 25 famous women about their furry friends.
  • The Mary Sue reminds us why we should be following J.K. Rowling on Twitter based on her response to someone calling U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May “a whore.” The Washington Post also recently reported that Rowling offered to share the president’s tweets with author Stephen King after the horror writer was reportedly blocked by Trump.
  • The Hollywood Reporter shares why “for women over 40, TV’s feminism is flawed.”
  • Laugh of the Week: The Onion presents a helpful guide to wedding attire.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Silky V-Neck Rolled Sleeve Blouse

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This top is getting a ton of great reviews at Express — it’s got 415 reviews and 4.5 stars, and it’s $39. It comes in blue, red, green, white, and black, and I like that it’s a simple, silky, drapey blouse, if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s machine washable, which is always nice, and it’s available in sizes XS-L. Silky V-Neck Rolled Sleeve Blouse

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Banner Medium Patchwork Leather Tote Bag

This is a splurge item for sure … but look how pretty! I really like this Burberry tote bag — the pattern is fabulous. Obviously, I would welcome this kind of pattern on a much less expensive bag, but it’s great to see the details, like the way the leather is sewn together, the gold hardware and metal feet, and the internal pockets. This bag is just really fun, and it comes in a lot of colorways. It’s $2,895 at Neiman Marcus. Burberry Banner Medium Patchwork Leather Tote Bag

Two more affordable options are here and here.

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