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Trends in Wireless and Video Job Interviews

The emerging trends in wireless and video job interviews are fueled by high-speed Web access and cheap technology. Webcams can be used for job interviews that take place when, for one reason or another, the interviewer and the candidate can’t physically be in the same room.

Now that most people have become accustomed in this digital age to e-mail, camera phones, Web sites, instant messaging, job boards, resume databanks, online employee referral systems, Web-based talent communities, job blogs, BlackBerrys, business-oriented social networks, Podcasting, and iPhones, the next big technological wizardry for job seekers is ready for roll-out.

Here’s a heads-up on major trends that are likely to soon affect the way you do interviewing business:

  • Extreme wireless: An explosive boom in new wireless connectivity, the cutting-edge technology — said to be 50 times faster than today’s wireless technology — will carpet the United States in 30-mile stretches, essentially creating a nationwide hot spot, as well as firing up comparable broadband access around the globe.

  • Webcam bonanza: At the same time that tens of millions of people are getting their keyboards on enormous amounts of super-speed broadband, cheaper Webcams and smart phones are popping up, permitting consumers to savor the full Internet experience. People everywhere already are using free, live, interactive picture-and-voice chats to stay in touch with new and old friends across the country or around the world.

  • Video vogue: The trends of abundant high-speed Web access and cheaper technology have cleared the way for a burst of growth in online video interviews that screen candidates for employment. Thus far, most video job interviews are replacements for the familiar phone screening interview.

  • Global go-go: People, money, and ideas cross borders more freely than ever, creating an international force sparking interviewing technology.

Researchers at the University of Southern California have developed a 3D holographic display where three-dimensional images can be viewed from 360 degrees. Can you imagine future online interviews where the computer monitor is a hologram? In the future, you may be conducting interviews with a whole new viewing angle.

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