skype interview

With today’s technology, it’s not uncommon to be asked to sit for a Skype interview. In fact, The Aberdeen Group, a market research firm, found that in 2011, 42 percent of senior executives used video as part of their hiring process. As daunting as this entire process sounds, it seems this is where we are headed in terms of job applications. By our second or third interview, we generally know what to expect and how to prepare. But there are a whole other host of tips we need to get a grip on before we tackle the Skype interview. Here’s how you can nail this new form of interviewing…

Practice your Skype interview

Whether it’s in front of the mirror, with friends or family or for your patient pet, it is an absolute imperative that you practice your interview. The best form of practice is to actually do a mock Skype interview with a friend who acts as the interviewer. Afterwards, you can ask for feedback on how they think you went and where to make improvements.

Preparation is everything

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For a face-to-face interview, you prepare by ironing your clothes, talking in front of the mirror and brushing your teeth. With a Skype interview, there are a lot more things that can go wrong. Digital technology is a fickle and challenging piece of equipment, so you want to do everything you can to be prepared for a Skype interview. Ensure your Internet is up to speed, that you have the latest version of Skype on your computer, and that your voice can be heard clearly on the other end. You’ll also want to let your family or flatmates know what you’re doing so as to avoid any unwanted interruptions. Similarly, turn off your mobile phone to avoid the awkwardness of a Justin Bieber ringtone playing in the background.

The perfect Skype interview setting

Where you set your Skype interview can say a lot about the kind of person you are. You wouldn’t invite the interviewer into a messy home with a dog running around, and the same goes for your Skype interview. Pick an area with a plain white or warm coloured wall, and take down any posters or distracting ornaments. If you’re sitting at a desk, remove any clutter, only displaying awards or certificates. Also consider what chair you’ll sit in. You’re much better off choosing a straight-backed office chair over a lumpy beanbag if you want to make a good impression.

What to wear?

Dress as you would for a face-to-face interview, tailoring your style to suit the job. Professional clothing is the default choice, and always a winner with employees. There are exceptions with some jobs, which allow you to show some flair with your outfit choice. It’s also worth taking note of certain rules to follow when it comes to a Skype interview. Avoid printed or patterned shirts, overly bright colours, anything that shows cleavage or makes you look washed out. Your outfit is the last thing you want your interviewers focusing on in your Skype interview.

Look at the camera

As tempting as it is to look at the screen or your own image on Skype, don’t! It’s ok to look at the main image of the interviewer while they’re talking, but when you answer the question, look directly into the camera. This is the only way you can appear as though you’re looking directly at the person conducting the Skype interview. As a sneaky tip, you can relocate the smaller image of yourself to the top corner, making it easier to see yourself without being too conspicuous.

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