More and more companies and employers are now conducting job interviews via Skype. If you have an impending job interview which will take place using Skype, we hope the tips covered in this article, will help you give a good impression, boost your confidence, overcome any technical issues, and ultimately get you that job.
So, let's get started.
1) Practice - If you have never used Skype before, it is wise to practice using Skype prior to the interview with a friend or family member, so you are familiar with how Skype works. You need to be concentrating during the interview and not wondering "what does that button do?"
2) Ensure that you have the important, relevant documentation in front of you; your resume or CV, news about the company you wish to work for and a list of questions you may want to ask or things you wish to mention.
3) The quality of your webcam can make a real difference to how others view you. Also the positioning of your webcam is very important. If you need help on how best to position your webcam or tips for buying a new one. This article provides some great advice - Which WebCam To Buy
4) You need to give consideration to your environment. Ensure that you are in a quiet room (with no background noise), where you are unlikely to be disturbed. Next think about where you are going to sit and position yourself in front of the camera. The lighting in a room can have a dramatic impact to the quality of your webcam image. Think about the backdrop, what will others see behind you? Try to avoid direct sunlight. For further tips on your room and lighting, consult the following article - Room & Lighting
5) Potential Problems - When using technology there is always the potential of technical problems occurring (poor connections, latency issues etc). First, ensure that you only have the applications you need open and close other programs which may interfere with the call or even make a noise during the interview. Second, don't panic! If you suffer from a poor connection or are unable to hear what the interviewer said, simply ask them to repeat the question. If the problem continues, inform the interviewer and then stop the call and redial. If you are able to solve the problem this also highlights your "problem solving skills" to a future employer. Try to use the best internet connection you can.
The following links give tips on how to improve the audio and video quality, as well as troubleshoot issues around these areas.
Improve Video Quality
Improve Audio Quality
If you find that Skype is performing badly, or saying ‘The connection speed between you is slow’ or ‘medium’ even though you know the internet connection between both parties is good, then the advice given here may be able to fix your problem - Fast Connection But Skype Is Slow
Finally, the last area to cover is your behaviour during the Skype interview. Be professional, polite, dress the part, remember to look into the camera and not at the picture. Listen, try to answer all the questions to the best of your abilities. Ask relevant questions, try to relax, be natural and smile!
The employer wants to find the best person for the job. Think positively, why shouldn't that person be you!
We hope the tips provided in this article enabled you to be more confident, less nervous about your interview and helped you get that job!
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