When it comes to interviews, increasingly potential employers are turning to Skype. It means that you can still have the face-to-face interview contact but you don’t have to travel. This saves a lot of time and gives the interviewer a better feel for than a simple telephone interview. It can be a great way for first round interviews to take place. But you need to treat it correctly and be prepared for it. Here are some tips to help you.
- Look at the Camera, Not the Screen
When it comes to the interview, if you don’t have your camera ideally placed then you should look at the camera, particularly when it comes to answering questions. This will mean that you are looking into the interviewer’s eyes. Avoid the temptation to stare at your screen, or to even look at your own image whilst the interview is taking place. If you can get the camera on top of your monitor in your direct eye-line when looking at the screen.
- Dress the Part
The primary thing to remember is to treat this interview exactly the same as you would a formal face to face interview, and that means suiting up if that is what you would do. (At least from the waist up!). You want to give the impression that you are treating this seriously, because it is serious. You might be at home, but you don’t want to attend the interview looking like you have just got out of bed.
- Prepare the Room
This is equally as important. You have to be mindful of your surroundings. You want to make sure that whatever is visible in the camera is clean and tidy. Preferably you want to make sure that you have a neutral background behind you, so that the focus is entirely on you. You also want to make sure that there is minimal background noise and that you aren’t going to be interrupted. This means ensuring that children and animals are being looked after by other people for the duration of the call.
- Practice Makes Perfect
Just like with a face to face interview, if you can get a friend to help you practice your interview, then please do so. Obviously, the practice should be via Skype, and get them to pay particular attention to how you come across, where your eye line is, and what else they notice in the camera. You can also make sure that your settings are optimal and that you will be looking as good as you can be on cam.
- Use Notes, but Don’t Rely on Them Too Much
Don’t be afraid to have a crib sheet, or bunch of notes for the interview. Whether it is post-it notes around the screen, or a document on your PC. Just make sure that you are not reading from your notes exclusively when you respond as this will be obvious when you are talking. This is one of the distinct advantages of a Skype interview over a face-to-face.