Tips to a great Skype interview


1. Make sure everything is correctly set up and working before the interview


It might seem obvious but there are still recruiters who have to postpone interviews because the candidate couldn’t connect to Skype or get the camera or the microphone to work. It is not professional and it shows that you are not really motivated for the job. You wouldn’t think about arriving late at a face-to-face job interview so adopt the same logic for a Skype interview.

Run some tests to make sure the camera is working and that people can see you properly. Put the camera in the right place so that it is neither too close nor too far from your face. We advise you to place it so that it shows your face and shoulders. Test the microphone as well to make sure that it works and that the interviewer can hear you well. The best way to do so is to do a mock interview with a friend who will tell you if you need to make some adjustments.

Charge your laptop the day before so that it is fully charged for the Skype call. You don’t want it to switch off during the interview!


2. Look professional


It is not because you are at home that you shouldn’t be dressed professionally. Wear a shirt and a suit, make sure your hair looks good and sit up straight. Be careful not to play with your hair if you are nervous! The interviewer will be focused on your face as it is the only part of you s/he can see and seeing you doing that will either annoy or distract him/her.

Do not forget to smile and be enthusiastic! It is harder to stay focused in a Skype interview so you need to interest the recruiter and make sure s/he is having a good time interviewing you.


3. Be aware of the environment


Even if you set up the camera so that the recruiter can only see your face, there is always a part of the background that will be seen. A messy room with an undone bed and teenager’s posters will not make a good first impression! Choose a room with a nice natural light, tasteful decoration and, above all, tidy! It is also very important that you are in a quiet environment. A noisy background will annoy both the recruiter and you as you’ll have to repeat what you say and won’t be sure you understood what the other said properly.


4. Be familiar with Skype


You do not need to be an expert but you should know how to use it and what the main functions are. Be careful when you create your account and pick your username. It is like an email address, it has to be professional! Same for the description of yourself and the picture you can upload on your profile. The recruiter will see it and it must not compromise the image they have of you.

While you are being interviewed, keep in mind that you have to look at the recruiter and not at yourself! It is not easy for people who start using Skype. We know it is tempting to see if you look good on the screen but don’t! Keep eye contact with your interviewer by looking at the camera while you are talking. Do not start looking around either. You wouldn’t do it at a face-to-face interview because it wouldn’t be respectful so don’t do it on Skype either. The interviewer will think you are not focused and you might feel uncomfortable if he asks you ‘Am I boring you?’…To finish with, do not use anything else but Skype during the interview. Having other applications or software running will slow down the connection. We also recommend you not to check anything on internet as it will distract you and the recruiter might notice you are doing two things at the same time.


5. Have everything you might need within reach


Keep a notepad and a pencil by your laptop in case you need to write down something. By doing so, you won’t have to stand up to look around and make the recruiter wait.

Have your resume and portfolio ready to be sent in case the interviewer asks you for it.

Think of documents you could use to complement your speech. While you are talking about student projects, previous experiences or hobbies, send the related documents to the recruiter to give him/her a better idea of what you are talking about. It can be a poster you designed for an event you organised or an article about your performance in a sport you practice for example. It makes the interview more interactive.

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