Interview processes have adapted to further enforce social distancing, so we want to make sure you know how to make the best impression during a skype interview. There are many aspects of a skype interview that give you more control of the situation, and being in the comfort of your own home has an undeniable effect on lowering any pre-interview anxieties. Check out our top tips on how to do a great skype interview below.
- Make sure your technology is set up:
Encountering technical issues can slow the process and frustrate people, so it’s a good starting point for you to check anything you can. Organise a test call with a friend before your interview, to make sure your camera and microphone are working correctly.
- Your environment:
We’ve all seen the clip of the news reporter’s children bursting into the room when live on television – you want to avoid these distractions. Make sure you are in a room by yourself (that includes no pets) that is well lit with a relatively plain background. You should try to have your camera at eye level, so you aren’t looking down at your interviewers.
- Preparing yourself:
Treat a skype interview as you would a face to face interview, be early so you feel relaxed and prepared when the call begins. Having a copy of your CV or the job description on the table in front of you can be a helpful aid, but you don’t want to appear as though you are looking down reading all the time. You can avoid looking down for prompts by writing key points or questions on sticky notes and placing them around the computer screen – out of view of the camera.
- Minimise your distractions:
You should close any other windows or email accounts on your computer to avoid any notifications. Also, as you would in a face to face interview, make sure your phone is on silent.
- Body language:
Just as you would behave in a face to face interview, it is important to adhere to the same standard of etiquette during a skype interview. This means trying to avoid wiggling around and fidgeting, and it’s best to use a stable chair as opposed to a swivel chair. Similarly, eye contact is equally as important so try to look into the camera or at a fixed point on the computer screen to avoid having your eyes dart around.
- Your voice:
The interviewers can’t fully read your body language as well as they could during a face to face interview, so it is important to vary your vocal delivery. Try to be vocally engaged and interactive, and smile when you speak as this will express your enthusiasm. Make sure you listen attentively to any questions the interviewer asks you and if something is unclear or the connection breaks, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.
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