How to attend Skype Interview for Job
How to attend Skype Interview for Job. Skype has made it so easy to video chat over PCs and mobile devices that more employers are using it to replace some in-person interviews. It makes sense: From the company’s point of view, a Skype conversation can save both time and money. It provides a convenient way for hiring managers to have an initial conversation with a candidate, before committing to the time and expense of whiteboard tests and team interviews.
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1. Set up ahead of time.
First, be sure you’ve downloaded, installed, and tested Skype’s app well before your interview is scheduled — the sooner the better. Have video chats with several friends to make sure everything’s working properly on a variety of systems.
Set up your camera so that your face is nicely framed.
Try positioning the camera so that the lower edge of the frame is in the upper part of your chest, roughly in line with the third button of a dress shirt. Position the top of the frame about a hand’s width above your head.
Test your microphone.
For sound, your voice should come through without any echoes, hums or buzzing. If in doubt, invest in a headset. It’s better to wear one than to have poor sound quality that will distract from what you say.
Check the lighting.
Your image should be plainly visible without being too bright. While it’s true you’re not making a feature film here, get your skin tones to appear as natural as you can by adjusting the camera’s settings, the angle of the room’s lights and the window shades.
If you wear glasses, minimize your computer monitor’s reflection in your glasses.
Change the monitor’s angle, cover it with paper, or possibly turn it off during the interview. Or, consider removing your glasses if you are sure you won’t need them during the interview. Whichever approach you take, test it out before the interview itself.
Prepare the room.
Set up a professional-looking space that won’t distract from the conversation.
Don’t have a basket of laundry on the sofa behind you or an open door that reveals a hallway full of trash bags. Avoid using your bedroom: Having your bed and nightstand in the background is a little too personal.
Careful set-up — in advance — is very important for a successful interview.
This is a key to any successful interview, but it’s especially important on Skype. Not only do you want to make sure you can maintain your poise despite any question you get, you want to be comfortable talking to the camera. Provide your friends with a set of questions you expect to be asked, and have them run through them with you. Ask them to mix them up, so you can field them in any order. Having them add in their own questions will prepare you to deal with unanticipated topics.
3. Prepare your environment.
When the time comes for the interview itself, be sure that you won’t be disturbed. If you have kids, you’ll need someone to mind them. If you have pets, put them out of the room. Turn off the clothes dryer so its alarm doesn’t go off in mid-sentence, and turn off your landline and cell phone.
4. Dress up.
Put on the same clothes you’d wear if you were going to interview in-person. If the company is formal, wear a jacket and tie for men or a suit jacket for women. If it’s more laid back, wear a business casual shirt or blouse.
Don’t give into the temptation to dress up only above the waist. First, wearing the complete ensemble will help you stay in the interviewing mood. Second, if you have to stand up for some reason, you don’t want your shorts or jeans to ruin the impression you’ve made.
5. Pay attention to your body language.
- Focus on sitting up straight and making eye contact, which is a lot more difficult than it may appear. Again, you’ll be tempted to keep your eyes on the monitor, but focus instead on the webcam. When you do, interviewers will see you looking at them directly.
- Lean forward, and nod during the conversation so the interviewers can see that you’re engaged.
After the session, send the interviewer a thank you note.
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