09 Feb How to Ace Your Skype Interview
As everyone is aware, the world of hiring is changing, and Skype (or some other form of live video) interviews are becoming increasingly popular. If the thought of video chatting freaks you out, here’s some tips for how to ace it!
- Have a professional username. This may seem obvious, but if you’ve had the same Skype account since high school, you may want to create a new username or a whole new account for yourself. Create something professional – consider a variation of your name, similar to an email (jsmith, for example).
- Prepare, prepare, prepare. The questions you will be asked are very likely similar to those you’d be asked face-to-face or over the phone. Practice answering interview questions in the mirror or with a friend so you can make sure your facial expressions are appropriate – practice relaxing as well!
- Dress the part. Even though you won’t be in person, you still want to make sure that you look professional. Make sure that you are wearing an appropriate interview top – you can still most likely get away with wearing your pajama bottoms.
- Maintain eye contact. It may seem awkward, but you still need to make a significant amount of eye contact with your interviewer. Avoid looking down and around, and instead focus on non-verbal cues that show them you are engaged with the conversation (nodding, smiling, etc.)
- Slow and steady wins the race. Because video chatting can sometimes result in mishearing the other party, make sure you articulate clearly and speak slowly so that everything you say is understood.
- Maintain professionalism. Even though you aren’t in person, stay as professional as you can in your conduct – maybe even pretend that you actually are in the office with your interviewer.
If you are working with a recruiter, you can even use them as a practice for your video interview! Utilize all resources available to you to have the most successful interview that you can.