LinkedIn helps job seekers prepare for virtual interviews

LinkedIn has added a new feature to its interview preparation tools that gives people instant feedback on their technique.

Since Covid-19 has shook up the world of work, accelerating digital transformation to home working but also impacting the livelihoods of many, the new normal is likely to involve video rather than traditional face-to-face interviews.

As more interviews take place virtually, a new feature in LinkedIn’s interview preparation tools gives people instant feedback on their technique.

“Getting quick, actionable feedback can help people refine their answers, improve their interview technique and calm their nerves”

LinkedIn’s tools help people prepare for the most likely questions to be asked in the screening process, with access to tips from experts on how to answer the most common interview questions.

AI-powered feedback

With the new AI-powered feedback feature, LinkedIn members can privately record a practice interview answering questions such as “Why do you want to work here?” and “What is your greatest strength?”. They will receive instant feedback to help refine their pacing, cut down on filler words, and avoid sensitive phrases. 

LinkedIn members can access the new feature from their LinkedIn Jobs page. They can also request feedback on their practice responses from their connections. 

LinkedIn is also beginning to test ‘video intro’, another new feature where hiring managers can request an introduction as part of the hiring process which candidates can respond to either by video or written responses. This can help job seekers stand out before the official interview process even begins.

Job seekers can also access free LinkedIn Learning courses that can help enhance and improve their interviewing skills.

“We want everyone to feel as prepared as possible as they head into a job interview, but not everyone has the opportunity to practice with a trusted friend or family member – particularly with social distancing rules in place,” explained Darain Faraz, director of Brand Marketing for EMEA at LinkedIn.

“Getting quick, actionable feedback can help people refine their answers, improve their interview technique and calm their nerves. With many interviews now taking place virtually, we hope the feature helps people feel even more confident.”

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 1 May, 2020