By Audrey Korir
It’s finally time for your big job interview, but they want to interview you on Skype instead of in person. How exactly is it conducted? What do you need to do to prepare?
As technology advances, traditional interviews are slowly being replaced with Skype interviews.
How is it done? A Skype interview otherwise known as a video interview is one in which the entire interview process is conducted via video chat on your computer or laptop.
Is it really different?
Worry not, here are some useful tips to help you nail that Skype interview and land your dream job;
Tip 1: Do your research
At its core, a Skype Interview isn’t that different to a face to face interview. You need to learn about the company and prepare answers to common questions about yourself and what you can bring to the company.
Tip 2: Be Technically Prepared
Ensure that your Skype, audio, video, internet connection and computer work well. Restart your computer 30 minutes before the interview to avoid technical issues on Skype. If you have never used Skype or any form of video chat, download it and practice with a friend.
Sometimes things may happen that you haven’t planned for. This is why it is essential to prepare in advance.
Tip 3: Dress Appropriately
Yes, most times the interview can be done at home or anywhere else that is deemed conducive and as such one may be reluctant to wear full business attire.
That should not be the case, show the employer that you are serious about the job by dressing as though you were coming for a face to face interview.
Corporate Staffing Services Interview Coaching Expert, Lucy Karwigi says that it is essential to look the part because most employers still get their first impression of you based on what you wear.
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Tip 4: Maintain Eye Contact & Proper Body Language
Try to maintain a natural form of eye contact. Look straight at the webcam instead of the computer screen. It makes you look more present and confident. You should also pay attention to body language. Just like a regular interview, remember to smile, avoid fidgeting with your fingers and sit upright.
Tip 5: Be Aware of Time Zones
Often, job interviews are conducted via Skype because of geographic distance. Sometimes that includes different time zones as well. Ensure that your time settings are at per with the time zones to make sure that you are there for the interview as scheduled.
Tip 6: Avoid Interruptions
If you are doing the video interview from home, there is always a possibility that interruptions can pop up any time. Find a room where you can shut the room and block out outside noises during your interview.
Now that you have all these tips to nail your Skype Job Interview, go ahead and ace it like a pro!
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