Skype Interviews

  • BY AMANDA GAN
  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016

We have noticed an increase recently in the number of Skype interviews being conducted by agencies and also companies. So if you are looking for a new role there is a strong likelihood that you will be asked to have an interview via Skype (or Facetime). Here are some top tips to help you perform at your best:

  • Dress professionally – of course you don’t need to polish your shoes, however we recommend you wear a suit.
  • Get the set up right – Prior to the interview day, update your Skype software. Test it out by video calling a friend. The interviewer will be calling you, so also have a friend call you so you practice how to accept a video call. Ensure the sound, volume and video quality is good.
  • We recommend only conducting interviews on PCs, laptops or tablets. It is not advisable to use a mobile phone.
  • Ensure you are in a room where you won’t be interrupted or have background noise.
  • Ensure good lighting in the room. Don’t position yourself with a light behind you. Ensure you are well lit.
  • Position the computer/camera so your head and shoulders are in the frame and you are at eye level with the camera. You don’t want the camera looking up your nose!
  • Try to look into the actual camera from time to time as this will mean you make eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Have your mobile phone with you in case there are any connection issues but ensure you turn it off or on mute as soon as your interview starts.
  • Building rapport over a video call can be harder, so be aware of your body language and energy levels, and remember to smile.
  • Use preparation notes if you need to – but be aware that you don’t look down too much during the interview. 
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