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Bear Network: Effective Virtual Interview Tips

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Norma JuárezNorma Juárez
May 21, 2020

To make social distancing more Bear-able and to stay connected to more than 134,00 UNC alumni around the globe,  the alumni association office is hosting a series of FREE virtual events called Bear Network Connections. 

Connect and engage with fellow UNC alumni, faculty and community members as they share their expertise on diverse topics. The Bear Network virtual events are recorded and published, so that our Bears can watch on demand anywhere and anytime.

Effective Virtual Interview Tips 

On May 14, the UNC Alumni Association had the honor of hosting alumna and human resources professional Ashley Valenzuela- Ruesgen. Ashley has expertise in the industries of higher education, mining, construction and retail. During the Bear Network virtual event, Ashley shared her expertise on effective strategies for virtual job interviewing during a COVID-19 job market. Below you will find a few of the tips that Ashley shared during the event. 

  • First Impressions Matter! Make sure that you log in to your interview early, ensure the technology is working properly, find a quiet and secured location and always dress as is you were attending an in-person interview.
  • Employers are relying on digital software more than ever. Be familiar and prepared to utilize the following- Applicant Tracking Systems, Teams, Skype and Zoom.
  • Expect delays during your recruitment process. Companies are constantly changing and reacting to the constant changes around COVID-19. 
  • Communicate regularly. During the COVID-19 job market, make sure you are communicating with your prospective employer about any interruptions that can arise. This may be a good way for you to find companies that align with your values. 

Stay Connected

Connect to your fellow UNC alumni on LinkedIn and the UNC Alumni regional groups on Facebook to put your Bear Network to work for you. We Invite you to attend the upcoming virtual events and to reach out if you have career questions.

Upcoming Bear Network Connections

Are you interested in an upcoming virtual event? Check out our Spring 2020 schedule, and register using the link below.

Top 10 Resume & Cover Letter Tips
Join UNC alumna and career counselor Elizabeth Mahoney ‘05 as she shares her most effective tips for writing strong resumes and cover letters.
Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Stay Tuned- Additional Bear Network Connections featuring UNC alumni coming June! 

Register Today