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Archive for June, 2017

07
Jun

How to Nail a Skype Interview

More and more employers in Singapore are conducting initial job interviews via Skype, hoping to get a better feel for applicants than a phone call interview provides. However, interviews done through video calls require a different type of preparation compared to traditional personal interviews. Here are five important tips to ensure you’re making a great impression from a distance.

1. Check Your Side of the Spectrum

To avoid possible destructions of your professional image, follow the fundamental rule of Skype interview: log into Skype 15 minutes before your scheduled interview and check your settings, including your profile picture, display name and your internet connection. Once you’re sure that you already look competent, you’re all set.

2. Dress Professionally—and Not Just from the Waist Up

They may never see what you’re wearing down there, but for your own good (in case you will need to stand up and reach for your resume on the other table), swap out those sweatpants for a pair of decent jeans. The more professional you look, the more professional you will feel. For the make-up, no need for full contour; just make sure to look tidy and office appropriate.

3. Prepare Your Background

Your space says as much as your appearance does. So, pick a quiet place to take the video call, without elaborate backdrop so you can be the focal point on the frame. Remove those band posters and photographic evidences of your friend’s bachelorette party, and keep everything in the background neutral.

4. Practice Beforehand

Doing a run through video call interview with a friend is helpful, because Skype calls can get awkward since you’ll have to retain yourself to look at the camera and not the computer screen. Play around and try different things beforehand, so that when it’s time for your interview, you can focus on your employer without getting distracted by the program.

5. Be Honest and Be Yourself

Do not hesitate to tell your interviewer that it’s your first time doing a video call interview. It helps break the ice, and most interviewers are very understanding (and even let you take a quick break if you’re feeling uncomfortable). Just answer the questions honestly and be yourself while the interview is going on.

Just like traditional face-to-face interview, online interviews allow employers to get a glimpse of your personality and know whether you’re fit for the job. Do your best to leave a great impression and perhaps qualify for a face-to-face interview or even get hired right away.

02
Jun

How to Clean Your DSLR Camera

Besides keeping your DSLR camera from humidity, water, dust and sand, you need to maintain its pristine quality by cleaning it. Here is a guide on how to clean each part and the other camera accessories.

Camera Exterior

First, remove all the accessories attached to your camera like the lens, strap, battery, memory card and covers. This is also a perfect time to recharge the battery. Then check visually for dirt or damage on the exterior of the camera. Make the sure the lens mount is still covered when you do this. Next, wipe the body using a dry, soft cloth. You can also look around at stores for lint-free cloth made for wiping gadgets. If there are stains that cannot be removed by wiping with dry cloth, use a non-alcoholic formula to moisten the cloth. Don’t spray it on the camera surface. You can also use toothbrush if the cloth does not work. Wipe or scrub gently on the parts made of leather to avoid damaging the material.

Sensor

There is no need to clean your sensor if you don’t change it too often. But if you think it needs cleaning, you can either dry clean or wet clean your camera’s sensor. First, you have to check how much dirt it has acquired by taking a photo. That will determine what type of cleaning it needs. Then put your DSLR camera into cleaning mode or mirror lock-up, which can be accessed in the menu. Next, press the shutter release button so that the mirror slides up. Use a blower to remove the dirt. Never try to touch anything inside. If the blower hasn’t removed the dirt, take your camera to a reputable cleaning shop.

Lens

The goal of keeping your lens clean is to be able to take clear pictures and to maintain the quality of the lens itself. Wiping off dust and dirt might damage the lens so you have to be careful. The first step is to clean the surface. Other people recommend using a rubber bulb blower or a lens cleaner and lint-free cloth. If there isn’t a lot of dirt, you don’t need to wipe the surface because minimal contact is much more preferable. If you need to spray a cleaning formula for more stubborn dirt, spray it on the cloth and not directly on the lens surface.

Filter

Cleaning filters uses the same process as cleaning the lenses. First, remove the filter then gently wipe with a lint-free cloth. For stains, spray a non-alcohol formula on the cloth then wipe the moist cloth on the filter. Always use cleaning formula made specifically for cameras.

Mirror

You should never try to touch or wipe the mirror. Use the blower to clean it. If it’s not dirty, there is no need to clean the mirror. Unlike the other parts, it’s very sensitive. If you think however that it needs cleaning, contact a reputable shop that can do it for you.