Tips & Advice for Skype Interviews
More and more of our clients are turning to Skype to accelerate the interview process. While Skype is a great way to communicate with friends and family, it is quite another thing to use it for an interview.
All the usual interview rules apply (we've separate tips on going the extra mile to impress your interviewer), but you have some extra things to think about too. So here is some advice which may help if you get offered an interview via Skype.
Before the interview
Check your connection and camera
Test your connection before the interview by talking to a friend and make sure the connection is consistent and not dropping in and out. Also make sure that your friend can see you clearly!
Find out in advance if there is any issue and correct it. You do not want to be upsetting the interviewer with a bad line, while balancing the camera on the end of your foot!
Wherever possible avoid holding any device in your hand. It should be on a stable surface and not moving around.
Keep your Skype account professional
Keep your Skype name sensible. 'MightyMike', 'LovedupLuke' or 'SaucySandra' won’t help you get the job.
Do your homework
Do not rely on prompts and your CV to be at hand just because you are at home. Be prepared. If you absolutely have to, then pin a few key facts to the wall directly behind the camera - not on the floor or on the table.
Still dress to impress
That means wearing business attire - and don’t think that means the top half only. We have a well-documented account of the person who only got half dressed...
Avoid interruptions from people - and animals
Wherever you may be (hopefully at home) make sure anyone around knows not to interrupt you or barge into the room. This could be a life-changing moment so do not leave it to chance. This includes ensuring any pets are well fed and watered and out of the room.
Switch your phone off and leave it in another room
You want it out of sight and out of mind for you and your interviewer
Think about what the person looking at you will see
Are there any dodgy pictures on the wall? Is the room tidy? Is there any incriminating evidence? Your environment will consciously or subconsciously influence the interviewer’s impression of you.
During the interview
Close all your other programs
Do close everything else that is running. You do not want unwanted alerts flashing up from Facebook and suddenly find yourself grabbing the mouse to delete the expletive filled message from your friends down the pub. This is an interview: you have to think of yourself sitting in their office.
Focus on the camera
Just as you would in a 'normal' interview, you should maintain eye contact. While this is harder on a Skype call it is essential, so remember to stay focused on the camera and NOT on the screen.
You are in an interview - a face-to-face interview - so maintain your body posture accordingly. On camera the interviewer will actually notice even more than they would face-to-face, so your every movement is accentuated.
At the end of the interview
Always thanks the interviewer for their time and always let them know that you are genuinely interested in the role. And don't forget to follow up properly!
Please call us if you want to discuss more interview tips: we are here to help and consult.
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