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When Virtual Job Interviews Go Horribly Wrong

Business school career centers have long prepared students for job interviews, but now they have a new platform to contend with. Enough companies now interview for jobs and internships over Skype that career offices have started to train business students in the art of conversing on video chat.

You’d think that digital natives could pull it off easily, but more can go wrong than you think, says Stacey Rudnick, director of MBA career services at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. “Students need practice with that to be comfortable,” she says, citing the video and audio failures as common hiccups. “It’s also just harder to get a feel for the room.”