An increasing number organisations are using Skype interviews in the early stages of the recruitment process. It is a cheaper and more convenient way for companies to assess a larger quantity of candidates than face to face interviews. The tips below will make sure you are well prepare for your Skype interview!
Do your research
As with any interview it is important that you research the company. Try and find out everything you can about the organisation, what makes them unique? Are there any values that the company stands for? And are there any recent stories about the company in the press? An awareness of this will impress the interviewer and will show that you have a genuine interest in them.
Prepare answers to questions that you think they might ask, a quick search online reveals industry specific questions interviewers are likely to ask. Also prepare some questions that you want to ask them.
The benefit of a Skype interview is that you can have your CV and any notes in front of you, so you can look at these to assist you when answering any questions you might be struggling with. Avoid constantly looking at your notes though as this will become obvious to the interviewer, make sure they are well studied so all it takes is a quick glance.
Practice makes perfect
Practice an interview scenario with a friend or a family member, as it will make you feel more confident and will allow you to rehearse what you want to say. You will become more familiar with the process and once it comes it the real interview you will feel more relaxed.
It is also worth using the ‘Skype test call’ function which will allow you to test your internet connection, lighting and video/sound quality. So that if anything needs altering you will be able to sort it out beforehand instead of awkwardly adjusting your settings mid-way through your interview!
If you are experiencing any technical difficulties during the interview however make sure the interviewer is aware and if the problems are unresolvable ask to rearrange the interview.
Dress to impress
Even though you are in the comfort of your home it is important that you still dress as though you are attending a face to face interview. This is your opportunity to give a professional first impression. While it is tempting to keep your pyjama bottoms on I would recommend not to, as this might be quite embarrassing for you if the interviewer requires you to stand up and go and get something you need!
As you are not there in person, appearance is going to play a big role in the interview. So make sure you look smart and present yourself for the position you are applying for.
Be aware of your surroundings
Make sure you are in a quiet place, away from any disruptions such as pets or noisy housemates. Keep your phone on silent and away from you as this might distract you if it is lighting up in your sight. Also, close your Facebook tab on your computer, and any other IM platforms so that you don’t get notifications popping up all over your screen as this will also put you off.
It is important that the area you are in for the video interview is clear of any clutter or mess as it will look unprofessional otherwise. Also be aware of any posters that you have up on the wall or anything that is likely to distract from the conversation.
Haven’t got access to Skype at home?
Even if you haven’t got the equipment at home to do a Skype interview, don’t turn the offer down as this might affect your chances of getting the job. Your university or college careers service can assist in finding a room for you. However if you are struggling to find somewhere private to have your interview and have to do it in a coffee shop or a busy library, for example, make sure the interviewer is aware of this before you begin the interview.
Give it your all!
Physical cues can be easily noticed on Skype interviews so make sure you use positive body language, sit up straight and keep your arms uncrossed. Also be aware that looking directly into the camera will make it look like you are looking directly at the interviewer, so make sure you do this more often than looking at the screen.
Take time and listen to what the interviewer is saying as sometimes the connection might make this difficult or you might accidently speak over them because of the delay. Also make sure you are smiling, show your true personality as this is what they are looking for!
The bottom line is: treat a Skype interview as you would a face to face interview. As long as you are prepared and show enthusiasm you are likely to succeed. We hope these tips have helped and good luck with your interview!
Article by Sophie-Anne Bradley of Student Job
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