More and more employers are in a place where they are comfortable doing Skype interviews, and chances are good that if you are on the job-hunt right now that you could have one to deal with very soon. Skype interviews are more convenient than in person interviews in many ways, but you still need to be prepared and on the ball. Even if you are a skilled Skype user, check out these tips to keep you at the head of the pack.
Do a Sound Check
Before you get on Skype with your prospective employer, do a dry run with someone else. Get everything set up a little bit before the call and make sure that all of your equipment is in working order and that your connection is good. There is nothing as frustrating for an employer as an interview that they cannot hear, so be certain that everything is in working order from the beginning. If you are in a location where the connection is untrustworthy, get out of the house and hold the interview somewhere else.
Get a Professional Screen Name
Take a look at your current screen name and ask yourself if it is really appropriate for the workplace. If it has any sort of sexual implication, if it has any profanity or if it is simply juvenile, you need to get a new screen name before the big day. Every aspect of the Skype interview is going to be noted, so make sure that you put your best foot forward as soon as you connect.
Remember that a Skype interview should be given the same degree of importance and respect as a regular interview. That means that you need to dress yourself as you would if you were going into the office. Some people choose to dress themselves from the head down to the waist, and this is a mistake. You never know where the camera angle is going to end up, and you never know when you will need to stretch or rise. Dress completely for your interview to prevent needless problems from arising.
Maintain Eye Contact
Practice maintaining eye contact with a friend on Skype before you do your interview. There is going to be the temptation to look at the interviewer’s image on your screen, but the truth is that you should be maintaining eye contact with your web cam. The more direct you can be with your gaze, the more likely it is that you will make a great impression. Ask your friend how you are doing and whether you are presenting yourself in a flattering way. Remember that practice makes perfect!
Skype gives you a fantastic opportunity make contact with an employer without leaving the comfort of your home. Use the advantages that you have wisely, and make sure that you do not underestimate the importance of this opportunity. Simply by making sure that you treat the interview like a face-to-face interview will put you miles ahead of the competition.
Originally posted 2013-03-22 23:51:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter