Nowadays, remote job interviews and business meetings are getting more common. Many companies are doing everything possible to maintain efficiency and produce growth, which is why more managers and business owners are starting to rely on video technology, such as Skype, to conduct job interviews. And it makes sense. Plenty of time can be saved, for both sides, interviewer and interviewed.
Sooner or later you will be involved in this type of job interview or meeting, and it’s better that you are well prepared. And as we all know, there is only one chance to leave a good, positive first impression.
As with any job interview key to success is planing. The difference is that you need to consider technical issues involved in using Skype, and not just what are you going to say or wear. So let’s get started:
1. Test your technology
But first, be sure you’ve downloaded and instaled Skype. Make your Skype name and photo professional looking. Forget about highschool nicknames, use your real name. You should also do that with your e-mail, when applying to job adds. This way you will create the right impression from the start.
Test your internet connection, to avoid dropouts, poor picture and sound quality. Set up your camera, so that your face is well framed. Check the lighting in room, so that your image is plainly visible but not too bright.
Practice an interview with your friend, brother, college roommate.. You need to be comfortable talking to camera. Bear in mind that you need to be as professional as possible. Maintain eye contact by looking in the camera, not by watching the image on the monitor. It will make you seem more present and personable.
3. Dress the part
Put on the same clothes you’d wear if you were going to interview in-person.Wear a jacket and tie for men or suit jacket for women, if the company is formal. And if the company is less formal wear the blouse or business casual shirt.
Don’t give into the temptation to dress up only above your waist. If you’d have to stand up for any reason, you don’t want your pajamas or shorts to ruin the impression.
A professional dress code with video interviews is expected, not excused.
4. Prepare your surroundings
Pick a quiet place to interview and remove anything distracting. Set up a professional – looking space that won’t distract from conversation. A cluttered background may distract your intreviewer and give a bad picture of your organizational skills. Also, remove personal stuff, you don’t need to reveal too much.
Turn off your alarm clock, close other programs on your computer and get your pet out of the room. If you have children, find somebody to watch them.
5. Pay attention to body language
Remember what your mother told you, always sit straight. But be sure to relax your shoulders to avoid stiffness. Lean forward and nod during the conversation so that interviewers can see that you are listening and that you are engaged.
6. Stay calm
If something goes wrong, for example you lost your connection, dont panic! Say your apologize, and ask interviewer to call him back in a minute, because you don’t hear him very well. This way you will show him that you’re good in handling crisis situations.
All of this is an adition to preparation you’d do in one to one interview. You should without excuse research employers’s business and prepare questions you have for him.
Bottom line: Treat Skype job interview like any other!
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