Thursday, February 28, 2013

How To Ace Skype/Video Interviews

There may come a time in your job-seeking days when you will not be preparing to enter the office of an employer for an interview, but rather, be opening your computer.

It's becoming more and more common for certain interviews to take place over a video chat, usually in the form of Skype interviews. You may be offered a Skype interview in a few different scenarios; namely if the job you are applying to is overseas or out of town and thus an in-person interview is not an option. Of course this type of interview should be taken just as seriously and be approached in the same manner as you would a typical interview - here are some tips to make sure you overcome your video interview jitters:

  • Make sure you are familiar with how Skype or other webcam program works. You definitely don't want to be confused as to how to make a call or set up your account minutes before your scheduled interview. Do some practice calls with friends beforehand if that makes you feel more comfortable.
  • Dress professionally! Even though technically you will only be seen from the waist up, this is not an invitation to wear your pj pants! It is important that you dress in the same kind of business attire you would have if you were meeting in person.
  • Don't be camera shy. Make sure to smile and sit up straight while you're on camera! It is common for people to constantly adjust themselves because they can see themselves on their computer screen; resist the urge to do this. As an aside, also make sure your camera is set up and at the right angle when you call; adjusting it during the interview is probably not a good idea!
  • Set up your space appropriately. I would suggest not having a cluttered desk as the backdrop for your video interview; so make sure to clear up any mess in the room you will be in. Also ensure that the lighting in your room will be sufficient and won't cause you to be in a shadowy area.
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Other than that, you know the drill. Prepare your socks off! Research the company, have questions prepared for them, and review your resume to reflect on the skills and experiences the employer will want to hear about.

- Lia 


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