Over the past few years, more and more employers have incorporated Skype and video call into their recruitment processes. In some cases, they are even choosing to replace face-to-face meetings with interviews via the Internet. This is a trend that will only gain momentum as time goes on, so you need to be prepared for the possibility that the next interviewer you see will be on your computer screen! So, here are our 5 Skype interview tips:
Tip 1 – Avoid technical issues
Even if you are comfortable using Skype, carry out a test call well in advance of your interview. Here you can make sure that your camera is putting out a clear image and your microphone is broadcasting cleanly. Also, at this point, any potential connection issues can be found and fixed. If nothing else, the knowledge that you have done all you can to prevent technical issues will make you go into the interview as relaxed as you can be.
Tip 2 – Get in the zone
Next in our list of Skype interview tips – get in the zone! Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security because you don’t have to leave the house to meet your potential employer. Think of all you would do to prepare for a face-to-face interview – eat right, get a great night’s sleep, go for a run – and make sure you don’t skip any part of your routine that gets you feeling as fired up and prepared as possible. Your interviewer certainly won’t cut any corners, so make sure you don’t either. In essence, don’t needlessly add pressure, but remind yourself to take a Skype interview just as seriously as you would a traditional one.
Tip 3 – Manage your environment
Of course, preparing to tackle a Skype interview is a totally different beast than doing the same for a face-to-face, presenting unique things to think about. Chiefly of which is the fact that your interviewer will literally be able to see into your home the entire time. While this seems slightly odd, it is also unavoidable. So, make sure that your surroundings reflect the persona you wish to convey – clean, well-presented, and inoffensive. As clear an area as possible is recommended, as you never know what chord your belongings could strike with someone; it is far better to be safe than sorry. Just use your words to express your personality!
Tip 4 – Smarten up!
Similar to number 3 of our Skype interview tips, make sure that you yourself are immaculately presented. Wear the same outfit you would to a traditional interview (at least from the waist up!) and have all the notes you need in front of you. Studies even show that wearing shoes while working from home can increase focus and productivity. All in all, just remember that although you’re not face to face, your interviewer can still see you. So, dress accordingly.
Tip 5 – Don’t forget body language
It’s easy to forget about body language for a Skype interview, as you will not be able to interact physically with your interviewer. For example, you won’t have the chance to shake his/her hand during the introductions. In traditional interviews, this first encounter gives you the chance to prove you are a personable and enthusiastic candidate, so don’t miss out on doing the same in your Skype interview. Use your face and posture to create the perfect first impression – don’t slouch, and remember to smile. Also, look into your camera, not at the screen.
Above all, try to imagine that you are in a face-to-face interview situation, and talk as naturally as possible. If you talk with your hands in the real world, do the same on Skype. Also, make sure you do not sound monotonous or bored. Your interviewer wants to get to know you, so don’t be blighted by the screen, and just be yourself! This might be the most important of our Skype interview tips.
To sum up our Skype interview tips
So, that’s it for our list of Skype interview tips! The main point of this blog is that you should treat your Skype interview exactly as you would a traditional one. Ensure you do this by minimising the chance of technical difficulties, and prepare as normal. Although it may be difficult, try to imagine you are sitting face to face, and don’t act any differently. Do this, and you will nail your Skype interview and get that job!
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