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LinkedIn Releases New Tools for Virtual Job Interviews

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LinkedIn is releasing new tools in response to all aspects on the job hunt going virtual due to COVID-19, including the job interview itself.

LinkedIn is launching a test version of a new video introduction feature, as well as an AI-powered tool that gives feedback on peoples’ spoken word responses.

Here’s more about each of these new tools.

Video Introductions

LinkedIn is testing a feature that’s designed to improve peoples’ ability to make a positive first impression to hiring managers.

“We’ve found that 65 percent of people believe that the impression you make online is just as important as the one you make in person, but it can be challenging to show your soft skills to potential employers when you’re not in the same room.”

LinkedIn’s new video introductions feature allows hiring manager to request an introduction as part of the hiring process.

The candidate can then respond either by recording an introduction or providing written copy.

LinkedIn Releases New Tools for Virtual Job Interviews

“A carefully crafted response can help you stand out before the official interview process even begins,” the company notes.

AI-Powered Feedback

LinkedIn is bringing AI-powered instant feedback to its interview preparation tools, which can help candidates prepare for common screening questions.

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“When it comes to the interview, more than 50 percent of people say they lack confidence,” LinkedIn says.

To help candidates answer questions more confidently, the instant feedback tools will listen to peoples’ responses and analyze the speech content.

Users can record practice answers and submit them to the AI feedback tool to get an assessment on their answer delivery.

Feedback provided by the tool is aimed at helping people refine their interview and speaking skills.

For example, users will receive advice on pacing, how many times they use filler words, and sensitive phrases to avoid.

LinkedIn Releases New Tools for Virtual Job Interviews

If they choose to, users can send their recorded responses to their LinkedIn connections to get some more personal feedback.

This feature is rolling out globally and can be accessed immediately after applying for jobs through LinkedIn.

LinkedIn’s Video Interview Tips

Included in LinkedIn’s announcement are three key tips for successful video interviews.

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Cut the small talk

It’s important to establish a realtionship quickly in a video interview.

“You don’t have the luxury of small talk on a video call,” the company notes.

Use the first few minutes of a video call to establish a personal connection.

It may help to check the interviewer’s LinkedIn page for any background information or mutual connections that could give you something to talk about.

Keep it quiet

There’s a long list of potential interruptions when working from home – whether its kids, roommates, or family members who are also under stay at home orders.

If you’re sharing a space with other people, let them know you have an important interview scheduled so they don’t accidentally walk in or make an excessive amount of noise.

Prep your tech

An obvious but often overlooked tip is to make sure your technology works, and you know how to use it correctly before the interview.

If you just got a new webcam, for example, you may want to have a practice call with friends to learn how it works before going live with a potential employer.

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Source: LinkedIn Official Blog

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Google December Product Reviews Update Affects More Than English Language Sites? via @sejournal, @martinibuster

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Google’s Product Reviews update was announced to be rolling out to the English language. No mention was made as to if or when it would roll out to other languages. Mueller answered a question as to whether it is rolling out to other languages.

Google December 2021 Product Reviews Update

On December 1, 2021, Google announced on Twitter that a Product Review update would be rolling out that would focus on English language web pages.

The focus of the update was for improving the quality of reviews shown in Google search, specifically targeting review sites.

A Googler tweeted a description of the kinds of sites that would be targeted for demotion in the search rankings:

“Mainly relevant to sites that post articles reviewing products.

Think of sites like “best TVs under $200″.com.

Goal is to improve the quality and usefulness of reviews we show users.”

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Google also published a blog post with more guidance on the product review update that introduced two new best practices that Google’s algorithm would be looking for.

The first best practice was a requirement of evidence that a product was actually handled and reviewed.

The second best practice was to provide links to more than one place that a user could purchase the product.

The Twitter announcement stated that it was rolling out to English language websites. The blog post did not mention what languages it was rolling out to nor did the blog post specify that the product review update was limited to the English language.

Google’s Mueller Thinking About Product Reviews Update

Screenshot of Google's John Mueller trying to recall if December Product Review Update affects more than the English language

Screenshot of Google's John Mueller trying to recall if December Product Review Update affects more than the English language

Product Review Update Targets More Languages?

The person asking the question was rightly under the impression that the product review update only affected English language search results.

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But he asserted that he was seeing search volatility in the German language that appears to be related to Google’s December 2021 Product Review Update.

This is his question:

“I was seeing some movements in German search as well.

So I was wondering if there could also be an effect on websites in other languages by this product reviews update… because we had lots of movement and volatility in the last weeks.

…My question is, is it possible that the product reviews update affects other sites as well?”

John Mueller answered:

“I don’t know… like other languages?

My assumption was this was global and and across all languages.

But I don’t know what we announced in the blog post specifically.

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But usually we try to push the engineering team to make a decision on that so that we can document it properly in the blog post.

I don’t know if that happened with the product reviews update. I don’t recall the complete blog post.

But it’s… from my point of view it seems like something that we could be doing in multiple languages and wouldn’t be tied to English.

And even if it were English initially, it feels like something that is relevant across the board, and we should try to find ways to roll that out to other languages over time as well.

So I’m not particularly surprised that you see changes in Germany.

But I also don’t know what we actually announced with regards to the locations and languages that are involved.”

Does Product Reviews Update Affect More Languages?

While the tweeted announcement specified that the product reviews update was limited to the English language the official blog post did not mention any such limitations.

Google’s John Mueller offered his opinion that the product reviews update is something that Google could do in multiple languages.

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One must wonder if the tweet was meant to communicate that the update was rolling out first in English and subsequently to other languages.

It’s unclear if the product reviews update was rolled out globally to more languages. Hopefully Google will clarify this soon.

Citations

Google Blog Post About Product Reviews Update

Product reviews update and your site

Google’s New Product Reviews Guidelines

Write high quality product reviews

John Mueller Discusses If Product Reviews Update Is Global

Watch Mueller answer the question at the 14:00 Minute Mark

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