Friday, 07 October 2016

How to ace a Skype interview

The use of Skype interviews is on the rise and you are now more likely than ever to come across this new format when job hunting. The Lady Recruits shows us the best ways to prepare

Written by Amy Cosgrove
Depending on how familiar you are with speaking on camera, Skype interviews could make you feel nervous. To help you feel prepared we've put together these tips to you feel confident in front of the screen.

• Practice
Just like a traditional interview, be prepared well in advance. Make sure that the volume is at the right level, that the interviewer will be able to see you properly and that your connection is stable. Your Skype name should be simple and professional and your photograph appropriate. It may help to practice speaking in front of the camera as this can build your confidence for the real thing.

• Set the scene
Ideally choose a quiet, relaxed environment for your interview. A room at home with a door is ideal but if you have to Skype in public pick somewhere peaceful like a library and wear headphones. If you live with others make sure everyone is aware of your interview so that they don't disturb you- this is especially true if you have children or animals in the house!

Consider what the interviewer will be able to see in your background- posters, clutter and a messy bed will not give a good first impression. Check where you appear on the screen and ensure that the recruiter has a clear view of your head and shoulders. As with any interview, dress smartly- If you look the part, you'll feel the part.

• Be prepared for technical issues
Make sure that you make the interviewer aware of any connection issues as soon as they arise. You need to try to develop a rapport with the recruiter which is so much harder if they're struggling to hear you! It is ok to ask to re-dial the call or even reschedule if you feel that connection issues are affecting your performance.

• Take advantage
One of the pros of a Skype interview is that you can control what the interviewer can see, so take advantage of this and have notes to hand. This doesn't mean that you should be reading from a script but a few pointers or notes about the company can improve your confidence and help you to feel more prepared.

• Pay attention!
You need to pay particular attention to your body language as this communication can easily be lost when you're not speaking in person. Try to maintain eye contact with the recruiter as it can be tempting to look at the monitor rather than into the webcam and be careful not to speak over them (easily done when the connection is lagging).

Good luck!

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