These days video interviews are becoming quite common, and Skype interviews are as popular as phone interviews.
It’s a cost effective way for employers to short list and it’s convenient for both employer and candidate. You need to make a good impression on your Skype job interview, and you must be ready for a video interview.
Interview on Skype: 8 Best Tips for Skype Interviews
The following are our best eight tips for your upcoming interview.
1. Make yourself Skype savvy before your Skype job interview
Many companies around the world use Skype to connect with clients, employees, and suppliers, so it’s important that you show you are a competent Skype user.
2. Be prepared for your Skype interview
This is as real an interview as any other interview.
However, video interviewers often feel a bit foreign for the candidate who has never done this type of interview, which is why you should practice your Skype interview before the real thing. This way you’ll be comfortable using the Skype software and you’ll also look comfortable because you’ve practiced for the camera.
3. Make sure you have good lighting
This is one of the most important things you can do for your interview.
A couple of halogen lamps will often be enough but keep adding lightening until you are as clear as if you were sitting across the table from the hiring manager.
4. Dress like you would dress to go to an interview
One of the most common mistakes made it to not give the interview on Skype the same attention to detail you would give an in person interview.
Therefore, no tank tops, no T-shirts, no yoga pants or sweat pants, and no jeans. And don’t think that looking good on the top is all you need to worry about, because you just might have to stand up for something.
5. Make eye contact
Look into your webcam not the little picture on your monitor.
Try to maintain the same type of eye contact you would in a person-to-person interview. Try to relax, smile, and remember to blink. Try to avoid any nervous habits you might have.
6. Make sure the environment is quiet
This is a job interview so no kids playing or screaming in the background, no television noise, and no music. You should also not hold your interview in a Starbucks. You must also make sure there will be no interruptions throughout the interview.
7. Have your resume in front of you
That way when the interviewer refers to something on your resume you’ll have it right there to glance at. It’s hard to memorize all the details on your resume.
8. Make sure the environment is neat and tidy
You should also make sure the walls aren’t covered with posters from your college days. Remember – first impressions – they are powerful.
With good Skype interview etiquette, you are much more likely to make the short list. One last thing – if you are using a wireless connection make sure it’s a strong one so your connection doesn’t get dropped in the middle of your interview. That could be disastrous.
Skype interviews are becoming pretty common. Make sure you are Skype ready when the time comes.