How to rock a Skype interview

You got the call you wanted, an interview for a new role you with a business that is incredibly attractive.

Your first-round interview is with your potential new manager, over Skype.

Once you get over the initial shock and excitement of the interview,  you suddenly realize, ‘I have never had an interview over skype before. What do I need to do?’

Relax and breath. We’re here to help you.

With a Skype interview, there are some new elements, besides the usual interview prep, which come into play.

Use these tips to make a good first impression and rock the interview:

Appropriate username

Be sure your username is appropriate. If it’s still partygrl69, change it to your name. An inappropriate username creates a bad first impression.

Make sure you have good internet connection

Check your internet connection. Do not conduct the interview in an area of your house with a weak signal, you don’t want the connection to drop during the interview.

Check the sound

Check the sound in the room you are using. Call a friend to test it. Make sure they can hear you clearly, limited echo and no feedback.

You want the interviewer to hear you without issue. If you have great ideas but the interviewer has trouble hearing you or there is trouble hearing what the interviewer asks, affecting your answers, it probably won’t go well and you risk your chance at the job.

Dress appropriately

You may think, “nice I don’t need to wear pants, only a nice shirt.”

Wrong. What if you unexpectedly have to get up? Or your camera moves and somehow it shows you aren’t wearing any pants?!

Dress the part head to toe.

Do not disturb

Close your email, sign out of social media and switch off your mobile phone.

Don’t get distracted by notifications, it will break your concentration and look unprofessional.

Pick a quiet location

Sitting at your local busy Starbucks is probably not that best idea, even if you have on your noise canceling headphones. You can’t control the surrounding environment so there may be distractions or other unwelcome issues.

Pay attention to the background

You don’t want the background to be distracting. So a busy location with a lot going on behind you, may not be your best bet or if you are at home, make sure the background is clean and tidy. A pile of dirty laundry is not advisable.

Prepare for the interview

Go through the same pre-interview prep for a skype interview, as you would for a face-to-face interview.

Do not Google during the interview

If you are asked a question and don’t know the answer, don’t Google it. Just answer to the best of your ability.

Prepare for all scenarios

Perhaps you were told the Skype interview is audio only. Prepare as if it has video, go through all the steps above anyway. There could be a last minute change and a non-video interview could have video.

Get the Interviewer’s contact info

After the interview, send a thank-you email. Take the opportunity to highlight why you are right for the role, the value you bring or elaborate on any point you feel you didn’t fully explain during the interview.

This post was written by Alyssa Jacobs, Marketing & Social Media Manager at Red Executive.



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