Skype interviews save time and money of both job applicants and employers.
What is more, to be “green” is trendy, and to interview people online is definitely ecological (nobody travels to the interviews, no need to burn petrol).
But how to ace a Skype interview? And how it differs from other forms of interviewing? What should you prepare for? We will try to answer all these questions in the following lines.
Check your equipment
You should always check your internet connection, microphone settings, web-cam, and headphones. If possible, make a test call to your friend. Ensure that you know how to start a call (or answer one), and check the following things:
Can they hear you properly? If not, work with the position and volume of your microphone, until they can hear you clearly. And if they can not hear you at all, check your microphone settings and Skype settings (sometimes a firewall can block Skype from accessing your microphone).
- Can you hear them well? If not, play a bit with the volume and settings, until you can clearly hear every word they say.
- Do they see your face in the middle of the screen? If not, play a bit with the position of your web-camera, and with your distance from the screen. Your face should be the main thing the interviewer sees while talking to you.
- Do they see anything disturbing on their screen? Dirty socks lying on a floor? A messy bed? If your friend spots anything that takes their attention away, or anything that can present you in a bad light, you should remove it, and clean your room.
Dress for success
Skype interview is not a midnight call with your boyfriend. Dress in the same way you would dress for a face to face interview.
Avoid noise, prepare everything upfront
Try to sit in a quiet room. If you have children, send them to play outside, or ask someone to babysit them.
If you have a dog, send it for a walk. And if you have to sit in a lousy internet coffee, choose the most quiet place in the corner, and ask the crew to close the door and turn the radio volume down. If you tell them that you interview for a job, they will do it for you.
Prepare everything you may need – your resume, glass of water, anything. You should not leave your chair in the middle of the interview.
Body language also plays a role, and that’s exactly why some employers prefer Skype interviews to phone interviews. It is easier for them to see whether you tell the truth, whether you are enthusiastic about the working opportunity, etc (check this article to learn more about your body language in the interview).
Record it, if you can
But with Skype, you can use various tools to record your call (Pretty May is a good one). You can listen to the recording a few times, trying to analyze your interview answers and identify mistakes you made. This will help you to improve your interviewing skills over time.
Do not forget to ask them about the next steps of the recruitment process. Skype interview is typically just the first stage, and you should ask them what’s next….
Skype interview is a cost effective and ecological way of interviewing job applicants. It is also better for you, becasue you interview from your home (familiar environment), and you do not need to travel anywhere.
Check your equipment, make a test call, ensure you understand how Skype works, dress for success, take care of your body language, and record the call….
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