More companies these days are using virtual interviews to screen candidates (if you missed our blog series on phone interviews, read them here and here.) Video interviews, using methods such as Skype or FaceTime, are another form of virtual interviews.
Even though the interview is being conducted by webcam, this is a “real” live interview, and you should be as prepared as if you were sitting across the desk from the interviewer. Below are several tips to help you prepare for your Skype interview:
- Carefully consider what is in the background of your video interview – be sure the area is free of visual distractions.
- Check out your technology well in advance of the interview – make sure you have Internet connectivity and that your webcam and microphone are working.
- Ensure that your profile photo is professional – this is your first impression from a physical standpoint in a video conference.
- Sign into the video interview early – you may have to download software if it is the first time you are using the application.
- Practice doing a couple of Skype interviews with friends or family members before your job interview – Check the lighting and volume.
- Clarify with the interviewer who will initiate the Skype call – double-check their username and time zone.
- Turn off notifications on your computer and close your other software programs – you do not want to be distracted by notifications every time you receive an email.
Now that you’ve got some tips on how to prepare for your Skype interview, make sure you check back on our blog later this month for tips on ways to stand out during your Skype interview!
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