As more employers are using virtual interviews as opportunities to screen their applicant pool, it is crucial that students are prepared to interview virtually.
The GVSU Graduate Teacher Certification Program, directed by Dr. Rosemary Cleveland, regularly uses Blackboard Collaborate to meet on a weekly basis for synchronous class meetings – and also to practice and to experience the “online” interview process.
Using Blackboard Collaborate for Virtual Interviews – How it Works
As students are getting ready to finish their final semester, they are also expected to participate in a virtual interview using Blackboard Collaborate to practice their interviewing skills. Just like a real in-person interview, students are expected to dress professionally as though they were formally interviewing for a potential teaching job.
Their web cameras and microphone are also expected to remain “active” during the interview. Students were coached to avoid distractions, to maintain eye contact, monitor body language and be prepared to answer tough questions. Their field coordinator led their virtual interview which in some cases also included a former retired principal who was joining virtually.
Here is what students in Field Coordinator Diane Elve’s course have said about using Blackboard Collaborate for virtual interviews:
“I think that the mock interview on Blackboard Collaborate was a worthwhile event. It is quick and easy to setup, and it is also convenient, especially since all people involved in the interview process don’t have to be in the same location at once. While there can be some issues, such as not seeing all aspects of body/facial gestures, I think this is minimal in comparison to the “pros” that Collaborate brings.” – Joe Elsen
“I thought it was a wonderful activity. Many times we hear what questions may be asked during an interview and we have the opportunity to rehearse these things at home on our own. This brings more authenticity to learning about interview by having us apply our knowledge to a real-world scenario. While only a mock interview, all of the feelings and pressures of a real interview can still be seen, felt, and heard. I feel this application of interviewing practice is a great opportunity to expose students to interviewing strategies and the feedback may really help somebody be prepared for the inevitable interviews to come.” – Ken Poczekaj
About Blackboard Collaborate
Blackboard Collaborate™ is a simple, convenient, and reliable online collaborative learning solution. Collaborate delivers a level of engagement that makes learners feel like they’re together in the same room via collaboration and conference tools.
Collaborate provides opportunities for:
- Live Class Sessions
- Online Office Hours
- Online Guest Speakers
- Study Sessions
- Small Group Projects
- and more!