Technology Upgrade

Our Operations Admin & Executive Assistant, Ashley, shows off her new Astyra backpack.

To better support our staff working remotely, Astyra bought each internal employee a brand new 2020 Apple Macbook along with the choice of a branded laptop bag or backpack!

This technology upgrade has increase our effectiveness and efficiency. Plus, having the bags makes it a bit easier for those who want to work remotely in another location.

Acing Your Next Virtual Interview

Arriving early, having a firm handshake, and maintaining eye contact are some of the key factors to making a great first impression during an interview. However, what happens when companies switch to virtual interviews? Suddenly, those tips are impossible to use and must be replaced to ace that interview. With these tips, you’ll be ready for your upcoming virtual interview:

  1. Practice.

Record yourself while you are answering questions to later review and analyze how your voice and body language. Do you seem confident? Nervous? Unprepared? However, you think you sound, the interviewer will think too.

  1. Dress for the role.

Although the interviewer will only see you from the shoulders up, wearing a full business outfit will help you get into the professional mindset.

  1. Print out a copy of your resume and write down any information you want to cover with the interviewer.

The bonus to interviewing by video is that you can have notes prepared and available during the interview. Be sure not to stare or read directly off the page but use the notes to make sure you do not miss out on key points, questions and qualifications for the position.

  1. Find a quiet, distraction-free area.

While the company interviewing you will more than likely forgive distractions, these minor sounds can be harmful to your concentration. Instead of focusing on your next answer, you may still be thinking about the distraction after the moment passes.

  1. Test your device(s) before the interview.

There is nothing worse than spending the first eight minutes of the interview troubleshooting your technology issues and having the interviewer think you are running late.

  1. Maintain eye contact with the camera.

It may seem odd at first but looking at the camera instead of the screen will look as though you are speaking directly to the interviewer and give the same effect as real eye contact.

Have any tips you use? Comment them below, we would love to hear from you!

Remaining Human In The Tech Age

Before robots take over the world a la the Terminator, we must come to terms with Artificial Intelligence’s (AI) advanced and growing utilization in our workforce. As it stands in recruiting, automated responses via AI are becoming more and more commonplace, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to make yourself or your company stand out.

Tailoring responses to suit the context of a conversation or to seem more approachable and welcoming is a great way to make candidates feel welcomed. Using AI and personally checking in with people to keep them apprised of their status in the recruiting process can also do wonders.

It should go without saying that professionalism should always come first but that doesn’t mean you can’t also be warm and inviting.

2018 Technology Update

We are thrilled to announce that Astyra’s office is revamped with new, Mac desktop computers, Cisco telephones and Cisco Meraki network switches!
The new telephones will allow us to video conference in and out of the office using Webex software. We also installed special wiring throughout the office using the new network switches to increase the productivity and speed of the equipment. Our internet is now the fastest it has ever been in Astyra history.
Our hope is to serve you quicker than ever before with this upgrade!