Tips for the perfect Skype interview
Few things in life are more stressful than job interviews and the prospects of the new lives that could start. The internet has completely revolutionised the way in which we communicate, including on a face-to-face basis. Many clients use Skype and other video-chatting programs to undertake some part of the recruitment process.
With the right preparation, a Skype interview can be easier than an in-person interview and sometimes more effective.
Here are some tips to help you ace your next Skype interview.
Before the Interview –
- Check your connection, if your camera is not built into your machine ensure it is sturdy and at eye level. You don’t want the camera pointing up your nose!
- Close all your other programs including notifications. Receiving Facebook updates and tweets during your talk is unprofessional.
- Think about where you will conduct your interview. It should be a nice, quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted. If your house has the potential to be noisy, make sure that people know you need a good hour of quiet and privacy.
- Take a few minutes to ensure the room has good lighting and lacks visual distractions. Bare walls or an office-like setting are best.
- Test everything out well before you begin your interview, especially the microphone.
- Try a few test calls with family or friends beforehand.
- Study the company and prepare several questions in advance. Know your story and be ready to talk about your experience. Get your head in the game and make sure you have the right mind set before you connect.
Dress to impress-
Although you are probably at home for your interview, do not wear an old t-shirt. Dress as you would in a face-to-face interview.
Eyes / Posture -
- Figuring out exactly when and where to look at the camera can be difficult. In a face-to-face interview it’s easy to make eye contact. It’s impossible on a Skype interview.
- Spend a good deal of time looking directly into the camera, but don’t stare at the camera because that will make you look weird.
- Posture and body language matter, sit forward in your chair so your energy is in your body. Keep your feet planted on the ground to enable gesturing. Gestures are important because they help bring you to life on screen.
During the interview –
- You need to take artificially long pauses on Skype interviews; there is always a little more lag than you think.
- Part of your interview might consist of sharing your screen to showcase your work; ensure you know how to do this.
- You can use notes and other helpful aids when you are interviewing on Skype, just keep them out of sight of the interviewer.
- Ensure you maintain a decent posture and don’t slump.
After the interview-
- As with any interview, the process is not over once the video call ends. Send an email thank to your consultant with any notes and follow up documentation of anything that came up during the interview.