No matter what type of job you’re seeking (or going to seek), odds are that you’ll do a Skype or teleconferencing interview. Companies especially love to use this to screen out candidates, as it’s quick and cheaper than flying you onsite.
Skype interviews can feel unnerving because you’re not physically in the same space as the person. But managed correctly, Skype interviews can be successful.
Here are my tips for a successful video interview (#4 is especially important).
- Test out the technology at least half an hour before hand and make sure your account and your microphone works.Have your interview contact’s phone and email prepped, in case there are tech issues and you need to speak with them in an alternative format.
- Put your laptop on a regular desk (or kitchen table if you don’t have a desk at home),so you can recreate the same height and depth of sitting across from someone.
- Wear what you’d wear to an in-person interview, i.e. a suit. At worst, you look overdressed, at best you seem prepared and professional.
- During interview, look straight into the webcam (important as it’s a way to make “eye” contact); resist the urge to look at the person’s face the whole time as you’re not actually looking at him/her.
- End the interview with questions. This is universal, whether you’re in-person or doing a teleconferencing interview. You must ask three good questions, preferably those that get at what success in the job looks like, what traits/ attributes the company wants in that hire, etc.
Using these tips should help you nail that next Skype interview.
****For this informative post, Campus to Career thanks Mishri Someshwar!!****
About the author: Mishri Someshwar helps entrepreneurs and senior business leaders craft effective speeches, conference presentations, and anything else they need to sound good in front of investors, colleagues, conference attendees, and more. Past clients include startup founders, sales VPs and C-suite leaders. To get her answers on the three mostly commonly asked job interview questions, click here.