Health & Science: Virtual Interviewing Tips

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April 7, 2020 – Upcoming Events, Opportunities, and Resources

Letter from the Advisor: Virtual Interviewing Tips

Virtual interviewing has been a trend prior to the coronavirus hitting the U.S., but now more than ever, you will want to perfect this interviewing technique. Since your recruiting timeline is a bit delayed in comparison to consulting and finance, some of you may just be starting the interviewing process. Have you conducted a video prescreen interview yet using HireVue or a similar platform?  How did it go? Did it feel awkward because it lacked the human connection? And yet, perhaps you appreciated that you could interview at 8pm after your day was finished vs. trying to find a time that works with the recruiter’s schedule. There are definitely pros and cons to this interviewing tactic. Regardless, more and more organizations have started using virtual interviews as a means to connect with a greater number of candidates in less time, in addition to the need right now to social distance.  Therefore, you will want to be prepared when you receive this interview request. Most interview tips still apply.  Here are a few tips to consider specifically when conducting video interviews.

  • HireVue themselves told us their research found if a candidate clicks on the link to “learn more about the interview” prior to starting, they perform better.  If you see that option, take it!
  • Keep in mind that companies choose how many times you can respond to the set interview questions.  Some companies give you one time only, some a few chances, and some will let you keep trying until you feel pleased with your response.  Be ready for all scenarios.
  • Your emotions, facial expressions, language patterns, and word choices are all being scrutinized. Make sure you enunciate your words, try not to stutter, and avoid long pauses.  Be natural and conversational in your responses; show personality vs. coming off as robotic.
  • Ensure good lighting and a professional (or blank) background.
  • Practice, practice, practice! 

You don’t have to be interested in investment banking to learn from the tips shared in this article.  As always, you are welcome to meet with us virtually for interviewing tips or even practice a question during drop-ins. We also offer mock interview appointments via Handshake.

All the best,
Assistant Director, Manager or Employer Relations and Industry Advising
Health, Science, and Technology

Upcoming Events

Physician’s Assistant Virtual Fair
Apr 7 | 9:00AM – 9:00PM EDT | Virtual | Register

Interested in a career at a physician’s assistant? Be sure to join this CareerEco virtual fair, where you’ll virtually meet representatives from different schools and discuss their master’s programs. Sign up today!

Demystifying Med School with Debbie
Apr 7 | 12:00PM – 1:00PM EDT | Virtual | RSVP

Let’s talk med school! Whether you are applying to allopathic schools or osteopathic schools, now is the time to get yourself organized.  Informal discussions will include getting your package ready to submit to AMCAS, choosing schools that are right for you, secondaries, interview prep and more. Come with your ideas, your experiences thus far, and your questions. 

Finding Jobs/Internships with the UN & Intergovernmental Organizations
Apr 9 | 3:30PM – 4:30PM EDT | Virtual | Register

Have you ever thought about working with the United Nations or The World Bank? Join this training to learn which opportunities and job classifications you qualify for, how to effectively reach out to the right people and increase your chances of getting replies, and the best strategies for your career to open the doors to great opportunities at these types of organizations.

Global at Home Series: Master Your Brand & Profile on LinkedIn (Part 1)
Apr 9 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM EDT | Virtual | Register

Join this training to learn up-to-date features and changes on LinkedIn. If you’re at home and practicing social distancing you may as well pull out your laptop and develop an awesome profile or update one that you haven’t touched in awhile. Learn about how to build your online brand on Linkedin, so you can network from home!

Second Day Bridge Program Coffee Chats
Apr 13 | 12:00PM – 4:00PM EDT | Virtual | RSVP

With COVID-19 revealing the gross inequality prevalent in society, you may be feeling eager to get involved. The Second Day Bridge Program is designed for Juniors who are interested in building impactful careers in social impact. The Second Day Impact Fellowship supports ambitious college students in launching their career working for a top nonprofit, government agency, or social enterprise.

Science & Environmental Studies Graduate School Virtual Fair
Apr 14 | 11:00AM – 3:00PM EDT | Virtual | Register

Connect with graduate school reps and faculty from graduate schools across the country in the science and environmental studies discipline. Gain key insights into finding the right graduate program for you.

Jobs & Internships

Gap Year Research Experience, National Institutes of Health (Expires: April 9)

LPN Nurse, Saber HealthCare (Expires: April 10)

Associate/Healthcare & Analytics Consultant, IQVIA (Expires: April 10)

Social Worker, Northern Light Health (Expires: April 10)

Research Assistant I, BWH Crohn’s and Colitis Center (Expires: April 10)

Patient Access Associate, Inova Health Systems (Expires: April 11)

International Operations Internship, Cleveland Clinic (Expires: April 13)

Research Intern (Summer), The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Expires: April 15)

Global Nonprofit Internship, Potomac Strategic Development Co. (Expires: April 15)

Communications Intern, IQ Solutions (Expires:  April 16) 

Science Policy Assistant (Summer),  Environmental Protection Bureau (Expires: April 17)

Population Health Data Analyst Intern, Kaiser Permanente (Expires: April 30)

Looking to Volunteer Right Now? 
NYC Well is experiencing a surge in calls, texts and chats from New Yorkers seeking emotional support, information and referral to ongoing behavioral health services during this COVID-19 pandemic. They are looking to expand their dedicated team of counselors and peer support specialists with volunteers. Volunteers could work remotely and would receive all appropriate training.  If you are interested, the first step is to complete this survey.

Wellness on the Go

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Source: Healthline
Is the stress of COVID-19 keeping you awake? Or did the disruption in your routine mess with your sleep schedule? Here are some tips to help you get the sleep you deserve.

Career Center Resources

Industry Advisor:
Jodi Schneiderman

Online Resources:

Writing Resumes & Cover Letters
Networking Skills
Interviewing Skills
Industry Resources
What Can I Do with My Georgetown Major?

Virtual Drop-Ins: 
Drop-ins are available M-F between 1-3 pm via Undergraduate students will be connected with an advisor for a 15-minute meeting on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Appointments: Virtual appointments are available via Handshake. Sign up under ‘Career Center,’ then ‘Appointments’, then ‘Industry Advising,” then ‘Health, Science, and Technology’.