Top tips for a successful Skype interview

monkey typingThe email you’ve been waiting for has finally come through, you’ve got the interview! Only one thing, you have to do it over Skype. Unlike a pre-recorded video interview, a Skype interview allows you to talk live to a real person.

Skype interviews can be stressful – you might find that you are worrying about the internet connection, reading social cues and the body language of your interviewer, which can be much more difficult over video.

Here are 6 tips to help you with your Skype interview:

  • Skype basics

Download Skype well before the date of the interview. Practice using it if you’re not already familiar with how it works and make sure that your Skype name and profile picture are professional.

  • Practice, practice, practice

Practice answering questions on video, ask a friend or family member to log on to Skype and ask you interview questions and give you honest and critical feedback on your answers and body language.

  • Maintain eye contact

It can sometimes be difficult to make eye-contact on Skype. However, you need to make sure that you look into the camera and not at the screen. Avoid looking at the image of yourself which appears in the bottom right of the screen. As a useful tip you might want to stack your laptop or screen on top of a pile of books to get the camera at eye level.

  • Dress professionally

Think about what you’re going to wear. Dress formally – the way you would for a face-to-face interview. Dressing professionally will make the experience seem more real and will hopefully help with your performance.

  • Eliminate interruptions

You’ll need a quiet room so make sure that your housemates or family members know when your interview will be. You should also make sure that the background that the interviewer will see when you’re on screen is professional – remove any piles of laundry, wine glasses or distracting posters in shot. Turn your phone onto silent and make sure that any laptop notifications are muted.

  • Avoid any technical glitches

On the day of the interview make sure that you log in to Skype early to iron out any technical problems. Plug your laptop in, so that it doesn’t run out of battery. If anything does go wrong during the interview, don’t panic! Remain calm and take sensible steps to resolve the problem. Your interviewer will understand that technology sometimes fails, so use any problems as an opportunity to demonstrate your resilience.

If you have an upcoming interview and would like some guidance or to book an appointment with a Careers Consultant, contact the Careers & Enterprise Centre on 020 7882 8533.

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