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In the age of telework and a crackdown on federal spending, agencies may well take part in a growing trend of job applicants interviewing via video.

According to a new survey by staffing service company OfficeTeam, 63 percent of human resources managers said their company often conducts employment interviews using video. This is up from just 14 percent one year ago.

In addition, 13 percent of HR managers said their organization will use video more frequently to meet with applicants in the next three years, while 85 percent said they anticipate the number of video interviews to the be the same, the survey found.

Has your agency moved to conducting job interviews virtually? If not, can you see this happening in the near future, particularly as agencies look to further cut spending and more employees shift to working outside oftheir traditional office?

Secrets to Six-Figure IT Salaries

Several studies have attempted to make the case that feds are either over or underpaid, but the jury’s still out on which of those studies is the most reliable, accurate picture of federal vs. private sector pay.

If you work in IT, however, there are a few jobs that are paying six figure salaries, according to Dice.com’s 2012 Salary Survey. The key to six-figures, Dice found, is to move up in management. IT managers ($113,162), information architects ($112,670), systems architects ($111,985), data architects ($108,961) and IT project managers ($104,398) all commanded six-figure salaries this year.

If none of those jobs apply to you, there are also some key IT skills that can bring in six-figures: advanced business application programming ($109,157); service oriented architecture ($108,210); extraction, transformation and loading ($106,521); Weblogic ($103,702); Java database connectivity ($102,630); unified modeling language ($102,579); JBoss ($102,184); and Websphere ($100,348), Dice found.

Where do your skills and salary stack up?

Reporter Portrait for GovernmentExecutive.com

Brittany Ballenstedt writes Nextgov's Wired Workplace blog, which delves into the issues facing employees who work in the federal information technology sector. Before joining Nextgov, Brittany covered federal pay and benefits issues as a staff correspondent for Government Executive and served as an associate editor for National Journal's Technology Daily. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Mansfield University and originally hails from Pennsylvania. She currently lives near Travis Air Force Base, Calif., where her husband is stationed.

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