As technology continues to progress, it only makes sense that the interview process keeps up. More and more organizations are beginning to utilize Skype or other video conferencing tools to conduct interviews. This shift from traditional face to face interviews alleviates many worries for job seekers, such as traffic, flat tires or getting lost trying to find the company’s building. Utilizing video conferencing also benefits organizations because it allows them to cut costs that may occur from paying for transportation and lodging for out of town candidates.
While interviewing in front of your own computer may not be as stressful as an in person interview, most normal interview tips and etiquette still apply. Outlined below are 4 tips that you need to follow in order to make sure your Skype interview is a success.
1) Location, Location, Location
Make sure you’re set up somewhere with an appropriate background. Be sure you position yourself in a quiet area with no background distractions around. Also, keep in mind that most of the time the camera built into your computer doesn’t produce the best picture quality. Make sure you’re in an area that is filled with plenty of light or risk your face being lost in the shadows.
2) Dress Appropriately
You may not be in the same room as the interviewer, but you still need to look your best. Make sure you still wear your normal interview attire (your FULL interview attire.) The one time you decide to wear a professional top and pajama bottoms can be the one time you accidentally drop your computer and royally embarrass yourself. Additionally, getting fully dressed may also help you get in a more professional mindset and convey more confidence in the interview.
3) Phone a Friend
You’ll always want to run through a test call with someone to ensure all your lighting is sufficient and connections are running smoothly. Often times you will look and sound different to the other person than you do in the preview window at the bottom of the picture. To ensure the best connection, connect directly to your wired internet line if possible. Although almost everyone is wireless these days, a wired connection is the safer bet. Have a friend get on the other line with you and let you know how you look and sound, while also making sure your connection is sufficient and the picture isn’t too choppy. You also may want to run through a quick “mock” interview to get some extra practice and become more comfortable talking to someone through a computer screen instead of in person.
4) Make Eye Contact
Even though you may not be in the same room as the interviewer, you still want to convey your interest and engagement to the interviewer. Although it may take some getting used to, you should try your best to look into the camera whenever possible. It may seem a bit awkward, but to the interviewer it will appear as if you are looking directly at them.
Skype interviews are quickly becoming a go-to interview method for organizations. Make sure you’re prepared for yours!