Smash your Skype Interview!

19 February 2018

With technology continuously advancing all of the time it’s no surprise that it’s also transforming the interview process. One-to-one interviews over Skype have become very popular with recruiters so it’s important to know how to handle them.

Some ways to prepare for your Skype interview will be exactly the same as preparing for a traditional boardroom based interview, like researching the company and selling your skills, but Skype interviews require a different kind of planning on top of that. 

To smash your Skype interview and get closer to your dream job, follow these tips:

Just do it

Even if you’re completely new to Skype, don’t let this hinder your interview. Try not to let your interviewer know that this is your first time using the new device and set some time aside before your interview to get to grips with it.

Choose a good location

Choosing a good background for your Skype call is very important to make a good first impression. Make sure your surroundings project a professional image with no mess or clutter. Avoid interruptions at all cost by turning off your phone, switching off email alerts and letting everyone in the house know that you’re on a critical call.

Look the part

You should dress exactly the same for your Skype interview as you would for a face-to-face interview. Ensure you dress professionally from head to toe – you don’t want to be left showing your pyjama bottoms if you had to stand up suddenly!

Carry out practice runs

It can take time to get the hang of Skype interviews so practising a couple beforehand with a family member or friend could be very beneficial. Rehearse how you would sit for the interview, your posture and body language and how to project your voice for it to sound clear. 

Get the tech right

Prior to the interview make sure you’ve got everything necessary to complete your interview including a webcam and microphone and set them up properly so they are ready to use. Technical problems can be common so double check your equipment well before your interview is due to start and keep calm if a problem does occur. Fix the issue and restart the call, showing your interviewer you can perform under pressure.

Sell yourself on screen

Lastly, just do exactly as you would in a face-to-face interview and sell yourself to the interviewer. Show off your strengths and enthusiasm for the role and show them why you deserve this job.  

We hope that you found these tips useful, for more tips from our expert team from CV writing to interview coaching, contact MarkJames Search on 0118 4670671 or email info@markjamessearch.com

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